“I wanted to put some sort of punctuation” on the experience of the quake, says Farmer, explaining why he wrote the book.
Sentences form, punctuation is added, and eventually it all turns into a book.
You know how they say Christopher Walken eliminates all punctuation when he works on a script?
1530s, "pointing of the psalms," from Medieval Latin punctuationem (nominative punctuatio) "a marking with points," noun of action from past participle stem of punctuare "to mark with points or dots," from Latin punctus "a prick" (see point (n.)). Meaning "system of inserting pauses in written matter" is recorded from 1660s.
[P]unctuation is cold notation; it is not frustrated speech; it is typographic code. [Robert Bringhurst, "The Elements of Typographic Style," 2004]