It’s that time again. The start of April and of spring, when The 100-Day Project pops up to carry us through until summer.
I wasn’t sure what to do this year, though I knew I wanted to do something.
2015 was my first year, and I chose Haiku poems. They were quite hard to complete at times.
This year I thought I’d do something more arty, less wordy. Less writerly, but I just couldn’t help myself…
I kept thinking about punctuation; the unsung hero of written text. I’m no Lynne Truss and I probably don’t use punctuation correctly all the time, but I know how important it is. How it forms the skeleton of a story, along with paragraphs and sentences. And then we’re back to words again.
“The Punctuation Project”. It does have a nice ring to it doesn’t it? The alliteration helps. I can never be accused of forsaking alliteration.
So my unique project is #100daysofthepunctuationproject which will also be how to follow along with my progress and find me on Instagram (the chosen medium of accountability).
We can’t always see punctuation, but without it, we’d be shipwrecked in sentences and mired in unending narrative with no rhythm or sense. Punctuation is invisible in speech, but still essential. The pregnant pause. The stop for breath. The break after words in a list.
I’m going to start with the common punctuation marks classified in the English language and see what happens. In comparison to other years, I’ve simplified the work required each day. Perhaps some days it will just be a quick representation of the symbol, while other days will be more exciting:
Punctuation patterns, punctuation stories, or maybe even a punctuation library!
If I get stuck and need more symbols and punctuation marks to keep me going, I’ll turn to the romance languages first, then travel on through the continents to see what inspiration I can find in other languages of the world.
I’m going to use all creative media at my fingertips, both analogue and digital, and in doing so, see where punctuation can take me.
I’d love it if you’d join me with your own project or cheer me on from the sidelines. I’ll post updates here of course. Have I just about used all punctuation marks in this post? Almost!
Punctuation has it’s own philosophy, just as style does, although not as language does. Style is a good understanding of language, punctuation is a good understanding of style.