Writing Tip — 44


I have a confession to make. I really hate commas. Those little buggers are out to get me, I just know they are. No matter how often I read the rules for comma use, they trip me up in my writing and editing. For some strange reason, my mind refuses to absorb the information. One of the critiquers in Writers World (an FB writing group I belong to) I swear I must drive her bat shit crazy with  my wrongful use of commas. She has the patience of a saint when it comes to dealing with my problem. Either I don’t have them where they should be or have them where they should not be. I know it’s enough to drive me up the bloody wall. Before my writing improved, my biggest problem was head hopping. I finally mastered that, and slowly getting the hang of showing not telling. But commas? You would think something so small would be easy to master. Not for this writer. Back to editing. Which is all I seem to be doing lately. Tonight I will again read the rules for comma use and hope some of it sticks with me.

 What is your bane when it comes to writing?

About Anna Dobritt

Anna Dobritt is an independent eBook author and an indie publisher of RPG PDFs and fantasy maps through Cartography Unlimited for RPGs. She loves to read and write, and lives in Michigan. Anna enjoys watching Dr. Who, both the classic episodes from the 1960s-1980s and the current episodes. Anna has three trilogies in the queue: Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe – Volume 1: The Beginning has been released, and Volume 2: Discovery, is going through the editing and revision process, with plans to self-publish in 2016. Volume 3: Truth is currently being written. Two other trilogies are The Archivist — Lenara Lenquil Adventures, and the Guardian Blades Trilogy. Anna has self-published Volume 1 of the Ravynwyng Chronicles Universe titled The Beginning; three short stories: The Hunter, First Raven, Raven Voice; a novelette titled Raven Flight, and a collection of short fiction titled Whispers from Within. Where the imagination soars on glowing wings! May the words ever flow!
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10 Responses to Writing Tip — 44

  1. Semicolons. They get replaced with commas on revision. Mostly….

  2. jenanita01 says:

    I think I use too many commas too, but the worst thing are the amount of was’ and that’. Thing is, I never remember writing them down…

  3. Dialog tags. I used to use too many and now I feel like I don’t use enough. Over correction.

  4. Are we going to debate the oxfords comma? Please? Thanks for a good post

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