Thursday, February 12, 2015

Bad Habits

I apologize for the radio silence. I haven't had much to say because I've actually been fulfilling my resolutions. Yes, I am as surprised as anyone, and also not surprised. I'm good at buckling down and getting things done. My problem is getting started. But once I am started, I'm able to keep up the momentum. I've lost 7 pounds AND I'm 50,000 words into the rewrite of the %&*$*@#! manuscript that isn't as ^&*(!@*#! as it was in the first version. I'm actually coming up with some decent stuff.

I'm sure when I get into the editing phase, I'll have lots of fun stuff to post about editing because I usually pull those posts from my own, horrible mistakes. But just going through a few pages I noticed one blatant error that keeps coming up.

THE COMMA

It's everywhere. In places where a comma should never be. Where there shouldn't even be a pause. My little ring finger just keeps tap-tap-tapping away at it so my manuscript looks like it has a million little tails. And I can't seem to make myself stop. In my editing phase, I'll go through and delete a hundred of them, and in the second pass, a hundred more. I know when and where commas should be, but when I'm pumping out words, I seem to forget. 









That's my worst habit, and I don't see stopping any time soon. 

But what's yours? Are you a comma-fiend like me or do you have some other twisted addiction?

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