Hello Gents, I've come to this to forum in search of a little advice to better my writing. I love writing. I hope to pursue a future involving literary showcasing, and I hope to be an article writer. But, I'm faced with one problem and one problem only, I don't think I know a lot -- well, as much as I need to. The biggest problems I'm faced with at the moment is sentence flow and grammar problems. I don't know how to use grammar and punctuation properly. I know the rules and everything but I find it hard putting what I know into practice. I've read so much and believe I have the theory down, but other than that, I find it difficult to use more advanced punctuation. Can someone tell me, in their own words, how to use semi-colons, colons, commas (properly) and parenthesis? It would mean the world to me! I'm almost positive that the use of these punctuation vary from genre i.e. in article writing the use of parenthesis will be greater than commas (which are used more for formality). My next query is how I add a sense of flow into my writing? I always have the same problem no matter what I write. I start to, what I call "wording stutter", which is pretty much when I fuse run-on sentences with bad grammar. And I end up with the most ridiculously long, and babbling sentences. It's embarrassing. How do I overcome using too many words in a sentence, but I want to say a lot? I know this has to do with punctuation, but I'm poor at that. This also applies for a coherent sentence. Last and final query, I was watching the Twilight Zone episodes back-to-back (fantastic series) and I was watching the promo and I heard Rob Serling -- on behalf of writers everywhere -- that it was easier to create a scene using text appose to in film form. I didn't believe this. Does anyone have any tips to better my writing and create an added depth? I could never imagine being able to play out a scene more efficiently with writing compared to using moving pictures. If you've got this far, much thanks. I appreciate your dedication to helping a young writer in need. I just want to better my writing. All tips and tricks will be appreciated and replied to. I will be posting some of my work momentarily. Thank you, lads. Also, how was this post? Was it written well (taking to account punctuation and grammar).