Writing Glitch #106

For some reason, the image for today’s writing glitch isn’t loading, so I’ll just tell you:

“Your day of making is upon you, you will change this world like no one before you, and few after…”

That’s the original version. It contains a comma splice (a comma where some form of end punctuation is needed instead) after upon you and an extra comma after before you. Also, it should end in a period instead of an ellipsis.

Here’s the corrected version:

“Your day of making is upon you. You will change this world like no one before you and few after.”

Even though the ellipsis doesn’t belong at the end, I’m irrationally pleased that it was at least a real ellipsis with the correct number of dots.


About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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