Semicolons. Some writers use them because their sentences tend to the long and complex. Other writers, notably Kurt Vonnegut, advised against ever using a semicolon. Where do you stand on semicolons?
Writing Tip for Today: Whenever my Word program insists that a sentence needs a semicolon (thank you squiggly green lines!), I reevaluate the sentence. Most of the time, what I thought was a straightforward compound sentence is really two separate thoughts. If I break the sentence into two complete sentences, I often find the flow of the writing improved. I don’t like “always” or “never” rules but this semicolon usage argument is one I do consider. Some argue that it elevates the writing, but to me it feels like a holdover from another time, when readers had leisure to peruse long sentences.
Try This! Do you have a semicolon habit? If so, rewrite sentences containing a semicolon to make separate sentences. Read the passage aloud. Is the work improved? Why or why not?