Writing Glitch #310

Today’s glitch:


Write out numbers instead of using numerals: three, not 3. (Yes, there are exceptions to this rule, but this example isn’t one of those exceptions.)

Add a comma after three days ago (compound sentence). Change the comma after didn’t come to a period. Add a comma after since (compound sentence). Add a comma after coming.

Change hasn’t to hadn’t.

She had forgotten how long she had been here, but she woke three days ago, and for once, her captor didn’t come. In fact, he hadn’t been here since, and it looked like nobody else was coming, either.




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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4 Responses to Writing Glitch #310

  1. M. Oniker says:

    You’ve bludgeoned suggested this often enough that it has changed even my extemporaneously slung blogging posts. I might even hyphenate correctly. 🙂 I don’t know when I slipped from what we were properly taught in school to my recent sloppiness, but it happened, and now I’m trying to correct it. Jury is still out on my beloved comma splices. (If the html in this comment doesn’t work, this will post oddly.)

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