When two people are having a conversation (or when a person is delivering a speech to an audience) there is a lot of information contained in the pauses and vocal emphasis of the speakers. This helpful audio portion is lost when words are printed on a page or displayed on a computer screen. Punctuation is an important part of the revision process that helps readers understand your meaning even when they can’t hear you speak. And punctuation is often supplemented by other typographical devices such as capitalization, indenting paragraphs, bold and italic type fonts, and underlining. Even the choice of a font conveys something about the message being communicated. If you’d like to be more confident about punctuation, you may want to check out one of the books below.