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Have you ever caught yourself in a daze? Have you ever been in a bind and had to think quickly of a solution to get yourself out? Have you ever picked up a pencil or pen and started to draw for no reason? Did you actually come up with something? Have you ever created a story? Have you ever danced new moves? Have you ever thought of some new math puzzles? I could make this list go on and on. This is the many ways that we can make use out of our creative mind to spark our imagination. Sometimes we use our creative mind in a conscious manner because we realize that we are trying to come up with something creative. We can also use our creative mind naturally, without knowing what we are going to come up with. Our creative mind works in many different ways, but one thing is for sure, it is always there. Look around you, what do you see? Create a story utilizing objects and pictures. What did you come up with? Just start writing and you will be surprized what you accomplish. Don't be affraid of your creative mind, just go with the flow.

   
How do I use semicolons?

Semicolons

Don't be afraid of semicolons. Instead of comma splicing, which is one of the most heinous punctuation errors, use a semicolon to separate two independent clauses when the conjunction is omitted. Example: Thank you for your recent letter; please allow me to respond to your concerns.

   
How do I use semicolons?

Semicolons and Internal Clauses

Semicolons are used when there are internal clauses separated by commas, which could otherwise be misread.

Ex: We received your letters on December 30, 1992; January 8, 1993; February 3, 1993; and March 8, 1994.

   
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