In formal writing, is the following usage of punctuations acceptable?

I keep asking myself. Who am I? Where am I from? And where am I going?

I'm not quite sure whether using a period after I keep asking myself is weird. To me, the natural choice would have been a colon, but this also would have made the first interrogative sentence have to start with a lower case w whereas subsequent ones, as they follow a question mark, must begin with a capitalised W , like ..asking myself: who am I? Where am I from..., which doesn't make much sense to me either.

Of course, alternatively, I can reorganise these interrogative sentences into clauses like

I keep asking myself: who I am, where I am from and where I am going.

But this feels much less emotionally charged than the first one, which makes it not so desirable to me.

  • It is not unacceptable (according to some style guides, so how can the others mandate otherwise?) to use a capital after a colon. Nov 28, 2017 at 1:01
  • @EdwinAshworth thanks. Could you provide a reference for this? For what I know though, a colon means the sentence still continues, but using a capital letter indicates "here goes another sentence".
    – Vim
    Nov 28, 2017 at 2:01

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A semicolon is usually use to indicate a list or enumeration. But either one will be understood as the questions belonging to the statement.

I keep asking myself; who I am, where I am from and where I am going.


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