Well no, but my next chapter is out tomorrow!
I just wanted to write a little ditty on punctuation / grammar etc etc .
Now, I’m a technical writer by profession and have always prided myself on my grasp of the English language, on grammar, spelling, punctuation, and I like to believe I know the proper use of things like periods, commas, colons, semi-colons, hyphens and apostrophes etc.
But what I’ve found when writing creatively is that you have to throw it all out of the window. The rules no longer function the way they should. Reading other writers doesn’t help either! I’m finding that using punctuation, sentence structures, placement of things like ‘he said,’ is more like making music, an artistic choice in placement. Finding rhythm, what “looks right” on the page.
And sometimes you spend ages on the placement of a comma or choosing where to put ‘and.’ Arghhh!
The problem I’m finding and will have to resolve in my first full pass through (once I’ve finished this novel) is to try and make it bloody consistent, haha! At the moment I’ve got commas where there should be colons or periods and vice versa. But the thought of trying to make that all perfect doesn’t interest me right now. It’s more of a hinderance.
Is this what editors are for? Lol
In any case, Chapter 3 is DONE and will be uploaded tomorrow morning, yayy 😀
I’m going to try and insert “Previously on Lost” pages too, in case you want a brief recap of the last chapter before reading the newie. 🙂