Long Sentence, II

In tenth grade, my English teacher handed out a standardized test of punctuation that included an item I argued could be correctly punctuated two ways. Here’s the sentence (without any punctuation since that’s the way I first saw it): Mr Brown the postman will see you I argued that, in addition to the period afterContinue reading “Long Sentence, II”

Long Sentences

One of the best ways I’ve found to figure out where commas belong, don’t belong, or are optional is to look at works of other writers who have had to figure that out for themselves when they wrote long sentences. The sentence above, from an English translation of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, is 123 wordsContinue reading “Long Sentences”

Common Issues in Manuscripts Requiring Corrections: #5 Commas

This is the fifth in a series of posts to address common issues with my suggestions for how writers can improve their manuscripts before turning them over to agents, editors, and the many other individuals involved in the process of turning a manuscript into a book. #5 Removing commas from where they don’t belong andContinue reading “Common Issues in Manuscripts Requiring Corrections: #5 Commas”