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Punctuation on the Street

Total strangers talk to me about what punctuation means to them

New subscribers—and veteran Writers at Work—here’s a special (very short) punctuation pick-me-up to finish your day strong.

Place that comma with ease. Use that period with oomph. Draw the reader from one clause to the next with a sassy semicolon.

Enjoy punctuation marks, one and all.

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Because the public shouldn’t assume that writers should work for free. The more of us out there charging for our exceptional work, the sooner the public will be used to paying for our ideas and words.

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  • master the art (and business) of being a creative writer on Substack (including serialization and sandboxing your work with an eye toward getting an agent and a book deal), and

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Sarah Fay