So I apparently forgot how to use commas.
I've been going through EMPIRE OF CRANES AND SPIDERS, cutting down words (my current goal is to get it from 125k to 115k before I send it off to the next batch of readers), and the plethora of typos in this manuscript aside, I'm facing an infestation of commas.
I know how to use a comma. I swear I do. But crazed draft-Charlie does not. I wish I had saved the really horrid ones, but here are some examples I found from Saturday's read:
|I apologize if the picture runs off the side of the page...|
||EDIT: Oh oh, here's a good one from Sunday's read:
Her brain seemed to swim, and she clasped her hands together in front of her, gripping wads of long yellow sleeves, in attempts to keep them from sweating.||
Yeah, I guess some of those commas could technically go where they are, but it sounds stupid. And these are the nice violations. Seriously.
Funny thing is that I haven't found these violations in THE PAPER MAGICIAN, which I wrote after ECS. Maybe bad commas are a symptom of my wordy-spells, and not my rush-spells. All well. I'll be utilizing my backspace button a lot this week.
Is there any punctuation you struggle with, or absurd problems you find when editing manuscripts? My biggest one is writing "back" instead of "bag." Every time. I kid you not.