Remember this punctuation trick
Clear writing still needs some commas, the occasional semicolon (;), perhaps a dash (–) every now and then, and of course full stops aka periods.
Commas can cause chaos.
People insert them where they don’t belong – like before a that, especially if you’re used to writing German.
Or they add a comma before some extra information and forget to add the second comma at the end of that extra information.
Sometimes, too many commas get strung together to create a clumsy sentence.
The trick is being consistent in your use of punctuation.
If you put a comma after an introductory phrase, then have one after all your introductory phrases.
If you use italics for a title, use them in all your titles.
If you go for double quote marks, don’t suddenly change to single quote marks.
Consistency aids clarity.
Clarity enables easy reading.
And a little punctuation goes a long way to making that happen.
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© Christina Wielgolawski