By in Random

Self Consciously Yours

Hmm do I put this in random? I suppose that's the best place for it.

Hello my name is, well none of your business. *clears throat* Hello my name is LadyTrouble and I have a problem. I am really bad with punctuation. I don't know where to put my commas, or when I should put a semi-colon. Or even whether that dash was necessary in between semi and colon.

I don't think it was but I digress. Commas are my worst enemy. I never have grasped exactly where best to put the commas. I've never felt so self conscious in my life, either.

Not since I started writing here. Here where I feel as if I need to be grammatically correct in every sense of the word or I'll get the ruler. I don't want the ruler, those things hurt!

I've gotten by very well in life without fear of those commas, but now those buggers are my worst nightmare.


No actually you don't have to help, I won't listen anyway. Stubborn and muleheaded I am.

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AliCanary wrote on February 13, 2015, 3:33 PM

The best usage handbook OF ALL TIME is The Elements of Style by Strunk and White, but there are plenty of good ones. Commas are tricky, but once you learn the rules, you can keep 'em in line!

crowntower wrote on February 13, 2015, 6:23 PM

LOL! so this post is just for the sake of posting as you are not seeking advices. Anyway even if you ask I know I can't help you too. Lol! Just put commas if you think you need to breathe, semi colon I think are used for the super many used of "and" so instead of and used "semicolon." God bless.

DWDavisRSL wrote on February 13, 2015, 7:29 PM

If you want to hear a real comma lament, talk to my editor. She will tell you that I seem to use commas by the box full. According to her, I take a handful of commas and sprinkle them over my manuscript randomly. I don't think I am that bad, at least not anymore.

Hollyhocks100 wrote on February 14, 2015, 9:44 AM

I can see you are not really overly worried, and not alone either. I put commas and colon´s all over the place, so couldn´t spot any of yours that are out of line anyway emoticon :grin:

iwrite28 wrote on February 14, 2015, 10:04 AM

Letting it all out, eh? Someone once told me, language and punctuation are tools -- treat them as tools and not as your lawmakers.

valmnz wrote on February 14, 2015, 3:53 PM

As an ex teacher I love this emoticon :smile: as far as I'm concerned, on places like this there are no rules. Well, I certainly don't keep them if there are. Write from your heart, do what seems right for the piece you're writing. I break rules all the time. As a writer we can express ourselves the way we want. However - spelling is a different story emoticon :smile:

LadyTrouble wrote on February 15, 2015, 6:58 PM

I remember years ago a teacher telling me a neat trick to remember where to put the commas or when a semicolon is needed, but I forget! Thank you for the reference book. I do need to re-learn them.

LadyTrouble wrote on February 15, 2015, 7:00 PM

I remember being told at some point about putting commas when you need to breathe. I wonder who first thought of that quick tip. :)

iamshane487 wrote on February 16, 2015, 8:41 AM

me too sometimes don't where to put or don't know the usage of colon and semi-colon.

AliCanary wrote on February 16, 2015, 7:52 PM

I will write a post about this. Stay tuned!

Ruby3881 wrote on February 16, 2015, 10:41 PM

I see that AliCanary has already been by to tell you she's written a post. I think that's a great place to start!

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on February 16, 2015, 11:48 PM

I'd much rather see too many commas than too few.

cheri wrote on February 17, 2015, 12:46 AM

You can always learn by checking on the rules if you really want to. Its your decision anyway

crowntower wrote on February 17, 2015, 1:09 PM

I heard that first in my English teacher when I was in elementary, and then when I was in high school. Then the next I have heard/read is from a co-bubbler. Heheheh. God bless.

MelissaE wrote on February 17, 2015, 3:20 PM

Strunk and White is an excellent resource. One can get a free copy for Amazon Kindle.

Kungfu123 wrote on February 24, 2015, 2:58 AM

I am not so good at punctuation, neither.