Monday, May 2, 2016

To Comma or Not to Comma

When I published Persona Kory Mae in January 2012...the manuscript had over 6,800 commas in it.

A little more than four years later...on the fifth edit pass this time around...It is down to about 3,900 commas.

My writing has progressed, thank God.


8 comments:

  1. The comma is going out of style, with everyone using cell phones soon all our punctuation and rules of grammar will be long gone! What do you think Mac of the future of the written word as we know it?

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    1. None of the classics could ever be published today. Reading a 'dead guy' is only status. They had way too much time on their hands a hundred years ago.

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  2. Sometimes it's hard to know just where a comma is needed. I was taught that a comma should be put where one would naturally pause in the reading of a sentence or paragraph. It annoys me now, to read blogs and newspaper articles with commas sprinkled throughout as if shaken from a dispenser.

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  3. Sometimes they are very necessary things.

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  4. That's a lot of commas and pausing when reading.

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  5. You did some editing there! I try to use dashes instead of commas but still use them prolifically.

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  6. My writing has a lot of them. I think they made my editor scream . . . or cry:)

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  7. Like River, I was taught to place a comma at a natural pause in a sentence; my problem arises from the fact that English verbal pacing and Lakotah (Sioux) verbal pacing are very, very different so my commas procreate like tribbles to make up the difference.

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