September 24, 2012
Writers’ Favorite Punctuation Marks

R.L. Stine, renowned kid terrifier and author of the upcoming adult horror novel Red Rain: ”When a moment of true horror arises in a novel, there’s no better punctuation than a —.”
Deadspin, Gawker, and GQ's Drew Magary, author of the recent novel The Postmortal: ”I’m a big fan of the period, because it means that I can take a little breather.  Michael Chabon wrote a novel recently that had a 12-page sentence. Why would you do that to a reader? What kind of asshole doesn’t give the reader a break once in a while? Get me to the period so that I can take a moment to digest and go eat a Pop Tart or something. Withholding that period from me is a real dick move. I also like parentheses because I can do whatever the hell I want inside of them. Commas are the worst because eight billion people have eight billion different ideas about where they’re supposed to go.”
The Hairpin’s Edith Zimmerman says, ”My favorite is this one:   t(*-*t),” learned from another emoticon-lover, Grantland’s David Cho. “It’s a little dude making two middle fingers,” she explained.
Read more. [Image: Flickr/Horia Varlan]

Happy National Punctuation Day, everybody. What’s your favorite punctuation mark?

Writers’ Favorite Punctuation Marks

R.L. Stinerenowned kid terrifier and author of the upcoming adult horror novel Red Rain: ”When a moment of true horror arises in a novel, there’s no better punctuation than a —.”

Deadspin, Gawker, and GQ's Drew Magary, author of the recent novel The Postmortal: ”I’m a big fan of the period, because it means that I can take a little breather.  Michael Chabon wrote a novel recently that had a 12-page sentence. Why would you do that to a reader? What kind of asshole doesn’t give the reader a break once in a while? Get me to the period so that I can take a moment to digest and go eat a Pop Tart or something. Withholding that period from me is a real dick move. I also like parentheses because I can do whatever the hell I want inside of them. Commas are the worst because eight billion people have eight billion different ideas about where they’re supposed to go.”

The Hairpin’s Edith Zimmerman says, ”My favorite is this one:   t(*-*t),” learned from another emoticon-lover, Grantland’s David Cho. “It’s a little dude making two middle fingers,” she explained.

Read more. [Image: Flickr/Horia Varlan]

Happy National Punctuation Day, everybody. What’s your favorite punctuation mark?

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  18. luciazandrino answered: ; definitely - because it is so difficult to use it properly!
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  23. rubyous answered: …for me, suspension marks (puntos suspensivos)… and I overused a lot, but a mean… a lot…
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