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I can’t stand it! Writing is hard, even when you understand the rules; when to obey them, when to bend them, when to break them. Lately, what has gotten under my skin, crawled into my brain, and just about driven me crazy is the punctuation that I should use when interjecting a thought, comment, or clarification into the middle of a sentence.
If there were hard and fast rules on how to do it (perhaps on the internet), I could just look them up and follow them. Alternatively, if every author I like to read followed them – like Stephen King or Dean Koontz – I would know what to do just by osmosis. Can you see where I’m going with this?
The problem is, I’ll be humming along, putting words on paper and
suddenly, an important something comes along that needs to be interjected… not at all like this drivel here… and I just can’t decide on what punctuation to use. It is driving me crazy!
I swear; I bet a full one-third of my self-editing is the result of changing the !*%#!! punctuation under circumstances – ridiculous, I know! – where I just cannot decide which little black squiggles on the paper do the job better.
So I’m going to have a poll. I hope a good mix of writers and readers will take part.
How should the following sentence be punctuated?
Elsa didn’t hesitate she never hesitated when a life was threatened but her subconscious was already storing up the guilt she would feel when the killing was over.
Comments are welcome at the bottom… even lectures from English majors! 🙂 Please share with others who might be interested in weighing in on the discussion.