Something occurred to me when I was half awake this morning.
You may say it’s self evident or trivial.
I was reading something in the newspaper and a sentence or two came into my mind.
(Sort of like one is driving and sees a sign ahead.)
He is dead.
His writing lives on.
My brain works like a writer’s. I think in sentences and paragraphs and very literally– like I’m always writing an English paper.
How do you punctuate that, I thought.
1. He is dead, his writing lives on.
2. He is dead; his writing lives on.
3. He is dead. His writing lives on.
Option 1 – No. Maybe okay for a fiction writer, but a comma splice.
Option 2 – I like to use a semicolon, but not here.
Option 3 – The best choice. Keep as two short, independent sentences. Reads best and is clearest.
Sentences are indeed the building blocks of expository writing. Short or long.
— Roger W. Smith
May 21, 2020