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What punctuation "tricks" do you have in your literary arsenal and how do you use them?

Hi Liam, there are several ways to use punctuation to emphasise different aspects in writing. For instance: 1. Stop. The use of the full stop after one word can catch a reader off guard, cause them to pause, or to feel the full effect of what’s being discussed in a text, and can catch the reader’s attention. 2. “No! I mean it, son! I. Said. No!” The exclamation mark expresses strong emotions, such as frustration, fear, or anger. It can also communicate a sense of urgency. 3. Thomas - my little brother - ran towards me when he saw me at the school gate. You can also use a pair of dashes to expand on a point mid-sentence; or to split up extra information. I hope this clarifies a few things for you. There are websites that can explain punctuation uses well. Just search ‘what is punctuation used for?’

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