[Revision Fairy] How to Use a Semicolon (Once and for All)

The Semicolon

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  • Are you curious about how to use a semicolon?
  • Do you think it’s the most like a colon, dash, comma, or period?
  • What’s your favorite punctuation mark?

If you’d like some help learning how to use a semicolon correctly, check out this quick video on the Revision Fairy YouTube channel.

Revision Fairy Writing Prompt – May 2019

An unsolicited testimonial for a colleague.

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Why did you choose this colleague?

What makes them easy to work with?

How do they positively impact your workday?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt* – April 2019

You can only wear one t-shirt every day from now on. Pick your favorite.

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Do you already own this t-shirt?

When did you get it?

Why is it your favorite?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt* – March 2019

Create 10 bullet points, each with one word.

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Can you write a sentence for each word that doesn’t include any other words on your list?

Can you write two paragraphs that include all 10 words?

Can you write two additional paragraphs that only have five of the words?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt* – February 2019

When the bucket of water spills, go get a towel and wipe up the floor.

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Where did the bucket spill?

Why was it filled with water?

What happened after you cleaned up the mess?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt* – January 2019

Just one question.

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What’s the most important question you need to ask yourself right now?

Why is it a high priority?

How will your answer change your life?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt* – December 2018

You are a sentient gumball in a gumball machine, waiting for the next person who drops in a quarter to decide your fate.

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What activities help you pass the time?

Are there other sentient gumballs in the machine?

Do you want to get out?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt – November 2018

To resolve the $1,000 parking ticket you just received, there are two options:

  1. Pay the fine.
  2. Get a three-inch by three-inch tattoo of your favorite dessert.

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Which option will you choose?

What kind of place would have such choices for settling parking tickets?

Would you prefer to get a tattoo of a different type of food instead?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt* – October 2018

You will always eat the three slices of cold, leftover pizza faster than the time it takes to turn on the oven to reheat them.

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Why are you so hungry?

What kind of toppings are on the pizza?

Where will you eat the slices?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt* – September 2018

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.

Revision Fairy Writing Prompt - September 2018

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Where is this space located?

What events take place here?

Who created it?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt* – August 2018

A ball of ___ that you no longer need.

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Fill in the blank.

What was its purpose?

Why did you stop using it?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt* – July 2018

He demanded a large order of french fries … to go.

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Was the man’s original order different?

What caused him to be so aggressive?

How did his actions affect the restaurant employees?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt* – June 2018

Arrange flowers in a vase.

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What color flowers will you choose?

Where will you display them?

Who will see them?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt* – May 2018

Crows eat Crunchy FLAMIN’ HOT® CHEETOS® just like humans do … with fear, caution, and excitement.

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Where would a crow encounter Crunchy FLAMIN’ HOT® CHEETOS®?

Are there other types of food in the area?

How does this meal influence the rest of the crow’s day?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt* – April 2018

Room to be eccentric.

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What’s your opinion on eccentricity?

Would you benefit from more or less eccentricity in your life?

Can you alter your schedule to experience some of those benefits?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt* – March 2018

Better than expected.

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What types of situations usually cause you to have expectations?

Are they low or high?

When has an outcome been better than you expected?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt* – February 2018

You wouldn’t have talked so loudly if you knew a man was sitting in the nearby Ostrich Ferns.

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What were you talking about?

Why was the man sitting by himself in the bushes?

Who were you talking to?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt* – January 2018

High-hanging fruit.

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Is there “high-hanging” fruit in your life?

Why do you find it desirable?

What steps are you taking to obtain it?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt* – December 2017

Pretend you’re a business and compose the hold message someone would hear when they call you, before you are able to answer the phone.

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Would music play?

Would you provide answers to frequently asked questions?

Would there be options for the caller to choose from, so you could get a sense of their reason for calling before you speak with them?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt* – November 2017

As you debate which color to select for your new car, the salesman says you “look tough” in the one you test drove.

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What color car did you test drive?

Do you like the idea of “looking tough?”

How do you respond to the salesman?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt* – October 2017

Palm trees sway in the background of your video call as you walk down the sidewalk.

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Where are you?

Who are you on the phone with?

What are you talking about?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt* No. 40

Today’s writing prompt will be the last one until Monday, October 2.

In the meantime, you can browse all 39 past writing prompts and work on the ones that resonate with you.

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt* No. 39

Speed up and slow down parts of your day.

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Which parts would you choose to speed up?

Which parts would you choose to slow down?

What’s special about the parts you wouldn’t change?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt* No. 38

Read the definition of your favorite word in a dictionary.

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What word will you read about?

Why is it your favorite?

Does the definition reveal anything new about its meaning?

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Revision Fairy Writing Prompt* No. 37

Time for yourself.

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What would you like to do?

Where would you like to go?

How often do you make time for yourself?

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