Yes, yes, we know this is long overdue, but we have something fun lined up. Promise.
Instead of just telling you what your task is, we’ll leave you three clues. Let’s see if you can guess by the end of it!
[Taken from Cyanide and Happiness]
As a writer, you’re expected to know your punctuation marks. Agreed? We know that you don’t need a lesson in punctuation. And we don’t intend to give you one.
Let me ask you something instead. Do you have a favourite punctuation mark? I know I do – I love that little comma so much, I want to hug it. I was thinking about it on my way home today, and I realised I knew nothing about it, nothing at all! Sure, I’ve learnt how and where to use it, but apart from that? When was it first used, why was it first used, how has it changed from when it was first used? Nothing.
So that’s your first challenge.
Pick your favourite punctuation mark and find out all that you can about it. And then tell us. (Please?)
And if you want to turn the difficulty level up a notch, here’s your second challenge.
Ever heard of a haiku? They are really fun to write, and I sometimes end up laughing at the more serious ones, as well! The thing is, though, they’re quite simple. You could whip one up in minutes. Let me show you.
Capo – my puppy,
Sleeping against the door frame,
Near his nose, a toy.
Now, haikus are usually nature-centric, but what we want you to do is write a haiku using the information you found about your favourite punctuation mark. Did it just get a little interesting?
You have a week! Once you’ve written out a post for this, please add it to the Mister Linky widget at the bottom of this page (Click on the link, type in your name along with the punctuation mark you’ve chosen, and submit a link to your post). Happy discovering!