29/9/2018 0 Comments
Today, we're talking about the literary theory of feminist criticism! Don't just think this is just a spin off of feminism because this literary theory focuses on a lot more than that.
22/9/2018 0 Comments
It's time for me to tell you all about psychoanalytic criticism! Watch and listen as I try and get out as many psychoanalytic words as possible, and do a bit of stumbling in doing so!
15/9/2018 0 Comments
In this video, we’re talking about the literary theory of Marxist criticism! Listen to me try and explain it in a short, sharp and shiny way (although I’m not very successful at all in doing so!).
Today, we’re talking about crucial sites and critical moments! They are two ideas in the linguistics world that we might not be aware of but experience a lot in our lives. Knowing about them can also help you write intense scenes for your characters!
Let's be honest, semicolons are probably the most feared punctuation mark out there. How often have we typed up a story or essay happily on Word when suddenly that squiggly line appears underneath a sentence suggesting you should use a semicolon? When that happens, do you do it immediately or do you just rewrite the sentence? I can understand where everyone is coming from. Since I know not a lot of people understand the uses for a semicolon, I tend to avoid using them to not have them stand out so much on a page. However, now that we're here in this instalment of 'What is a.... semicolon?' we can finally feel a little more confident in using them!
Semicolons are pretty useful when used correctly. They can help clear ambiguity or provide an emphasis where a comma cannot. This punctuation mark is so mysterious, we tend to think there must be so many complex situations where they can be used which must be avoided at all costs. With the reputation they have, you would think only amazing literary geniuses are allowed to use the semicolon because no one else on this Earth seems to understand. Well, guess what, semicolons are actually very simple and have very little rules against them. My understanding of these punctuation marks comes from a range of different resources. However, the main source I will be referring to is the Style manual for authors, editors and printers by Snooks & Co (2002).
Charlotte is a reading and writing lover who has completed a creative writing intensive course at the University of Oxford and is a current university student studying a double degree in journalism and creative writing. If you are curious to learn more, check out the 'About' page.