Commas Rule

Do you remember, long ago, cramming for a test?

Sure you do. The hours spent memorizing facts and figures, hoping to keep them long enough to pass, seemed like a dreadful waste of time.  Today, I have been cramming for an imaginary exam on the use of the comma.  I’ve been at it for almost 4 hours.  I feel drained.

Why would one do such a thing?

If I have learned anything this past week, it is that getting a book from brain to eyeballs, is a lot of work.  The time involved is staggering.  If I am able to master the comma, and possibly its tricky little cousin, the semicolon, I may be able to shave days, nay weeks, off of the editing process.  (Note:  the adjectives tricky and little are not coordinated adjectives, and as such, don’t require commas.  I love speaking punctuation.  It makes me feel good about myself.  I digress…)

I intend to write many more books.  One day spent mastering, or at the very least, understanding the comma, seems like a prudent investment of time.  I’ve written about the comma, and my battles with its use, several times before.

I tend to be a little bit obsessive about learning new stuff.  Someday, maybe I’ll tell you about my many interests outside of writing, woodworking, and snarking. It makes for some extremely average reading. I was asked, by my mother, if I regretted not learning about the comma, when I was younger.  I told her no, I didn’t care about the comma until recently.  Now I love it.

I used to think it was a scary little mark, which was just waiting to bite me.  I still have nightmares about 8th grade English.  It isn’t really such a bad punctuation, when you get to know it.

Would you like to become friends with the comma?

I simply printed out each exercise.  Next, I did my best on each one.  There is a link to the answers, and I was careful to understand why I had made mistakes.  Now, I know what I am doing.  Will I still make mistakes?  Yes, probably, but I will also be able to find them during the edits.  So, I’m feeling pretty good right now.

Commas Rule!