Writers & Semicolons


As writers, we can kill off our characters with a fictional flourish.

We wouldn’t have our heroine receive a mysterious call in the middle of the night, or get a desperate text at 2 AM, or craft a dialogue with something as boring and unoriginal as “I want to kill myself”. Why? Because it’s cliché. We edit, revise, polish, and proofread. We make sure it. Is. Fantastic.

But suicide happens here—outside of books and stories.

A call comes in at 2 AM because nights are notoriously difficult.

A text reads, “I need you” because, sometimes, people actually do need you.

A partner says, “I can’t take it anymore” because there are times he feels that he can’t handle life one more minute.

A friend confesses, “I want to kill myself” because she wants to die.

These things happen. They happen because there are people in pain who want to escape and can see no other way out. And, because, when it comes to real life, clichés are not forbidden.


semicolon Sarah B. B&W

 Show your semicolon.
Because it’s not over.

Pay attention to cries for help. No matter what they say or when they arrive. Don’t assume anything.

Sometimes all you have to do is listen. Sometimes you have to act. Sometimes you have to seek help to help another.

Reach out. Your hand is powerful. It can hold, lift, or comfort.

It can make a statement.

Join the movement to honor, encourage, and support those who have kept going.

The Semicolon Project brings hope through a symbol of continuation.

Project Semicolon“A semicolon represents a sentence the author could’ve ended, but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life.”

Project Semicolon

Wear your semicolon tomorrow: April 16, 2015.

Show your support.

Tell the world your story is not over yet.







25 thoughts on “Writers & Semicolons

  1. Lovely post, Sarah – such an important issue and a great campaign. I can’t believe that it was very much within my working life time that it was thought best that self-harmers arriving at A&E were treated unemotionally, not delving into their issues in case the “attention” encouraged similar behaviours in the future. No-one hurts themselves for the fun of it. We need to listen to the distress.

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    • It is a great campaign.
      So… What’s the A&E? Is that like an ER (Emergency Room)? Yes, well, unfortunately, I think that mindset still very much exists. That’s why I added the (kind of preachy) “Don’t assume anything.” in the post. So right that we need to listen to the distress underneath. Thanks, Anne. ❤


  2. Thank you so much for sharing this. I hadn’t heard of this group, but I love the mission and I love the way they’re using the semi-colon (it’s my favorite punctuation 🙂 ) I will show mine tomorrow!

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  3. Love this post, Sarah. The strength in your words and the power of your message cannot be ignored. Thank you for reminding us of the importance of reaching out and lending a hand, or an ear, or just being there. 🙂

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  4. This is lovely, I think there is one more semi colon, for the people who don’t reach out, the ones you have to read sadness from their eyes, and know that somethings wrong and they can’t ask for help… I try to always keep my eyes open for my friends who are like that. I love the tattoo as well, so symbolic 🙂

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