I revel in finding the right word, constructing sentences and, putting thoughts to paper. Well, it’s less on paper these days and more on my hard drive or out there somewhere on a cloud. Sometimes, I will compose in my head for days, even weeks (usually when I am on my bike). And, sometimes, I open up my laptop and words stream effortlessly onto the keyboard and on that ubiquitous cloud. Sometimes it is easy. Other times, hard. At all times, rewarding.
I’m all for taking artistic liberties. I like to experiment with words, structure and, points of view. And, I enjoy it when others do as well. However, recently I have observed two liberties that bother me no end. Sentences are meant to start with a capital letter. Too often, I see passages without any capitals, not even for proper nouns. A capital letter starts a sentence and a period (or exclamation or question mark) ends it. That’s what I was taught. Isn’t that correct grammar? So, why do people do this? If they are not going to start the sentence with a capital, why end it with a period? I don’t understand.
I like to write as if I am having a conversation and, when I talk, I pause for effect and to emphasize a point. So, when I write, I use the comma (or semi-colon) to replicate the rhythm of my speech. Again, too often, I see passages without any punctuation, just a long stream of words. I find it distracting. When I read, I like to pause, interject my own thoughts and be drawn into the thought. So, if you do not capitalize the beginning of a sentence or, ramble without punctuation, please stop or, at least, explain to me why you do it. Suggested Reading: