I have been told that my grammar is not very good so I would like to remedy that. Especially I'd like to know if I am using semicolons right. This is the first paragraph of the first chapter. The room is dark, with only a few candles illuminating the room around his desk. An elderly man is bent over a piece of parchment; copying the words from the book next to him. Suddenly a gush of wind extinguishes the light and scatters the papers, and pages, on the desk as a door opens in the hallway. The old man sighs heavily, grabbing his neck long beard; knowing exactly how much time it will take to organise them again. As he stands up and enters the hallway he is met by a young boy in his early teens; removing his water soaked jacket. I am also having difficulty in how to start the chapter. "The candles around his desk illuminates the blackness in the room." does this sound better then the first sentence above?