Writing Glitch #181

Today’s glitch:


This is two sentences spliced together with a comma. It needs end punctuation (a period) after newest victim and the next word capitalized as the start of a new sentence.

Also, however is another of those words that change meaning somewhat depending on punctuation or lack thereof: However you chose to get your novel written, just make sure that it does get written. However, there’s a difference between researching a scene and just wasting time on Pinterest.

In the “writing glitch” example, however needs a comma to separate it from the rest of the sentence. (If you can replace however with on the other hand, it needs to be separated; if you can replace it with something like in whatever way, don’t separate it.)

A demon is trying to haunt his newest victim. However, his victim is oblivious to all his attempts.

Haunt doesn’t seem like quite the right word, but I cannot think of a better one right now.


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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One Response to Writing Glitch #181

  1. Jiuhl says:

    How many punctuation and grammar errors would be avoided with a simple knowledge of subject and verb? Most of them is my guess.


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