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Punctuation. I suck at it.

As a writer, one is expected to have a fundamental grasp on the rules of punctuation. How else can someone be expected to bear with your story? They can’t. Bottom line.

So what does one do if one sucks royally at punctuation? Well, you can go take a page from my book and marry a woman who knows the ins and outs of semi-colon use, or you can pick up a copy of The Elements of Style by Strunk and White. If you’ve read as many blogs and writing how-to books as I have then I’m sure you’ve already heard this advice a million times. But like so many things that get repeated over and over and over and over, there is a reason for it. Strunk and White are the masters of disasters when it comes to punctuation (or rather the avoidance of said disasters). They give you the low down on where and when to use all those little marks and dashes that make me want to get all Office Spacey on my laptop.

So if YOU + PUNCTUATION = FAIL then maybe you ought to check the book out. It’s either that or find someone who really loves you and ask them if they’ll take a gander at your manuscript, even though you’re not going to pay them anything to do it.

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