Irony: Pervasive punctuation errors in a blog post saying professional authors — real, serious-about-the-craft writers of any sort — always make sure their writing is free of errors.

Punctuation advice of the day: Do not add a comma after a conjunction at the beginning of a sentence.

Correct: And here we go again.

Incorrect: And, here we go again.

If you want a dramatic pause after the first word, use an ellipsis; that’s one of the things it’s for, after all: And… here we go again. Notice that there’s still no comma in the sentence.



About Thomas Weaver

For several years, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom (editor). I'm physically disabled, and I currently live 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 eight cats. 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 Irony

  1. M. Oniker says:

    Glad to see you are getting other sources for your posts. Btw, I notice that in your tag listings column/cloud-thingie that you have “beta reader cats”! Those guys are getting more clever each day.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I thought irony was the antonym of wrinkly. I saw it on a tee-shirt, it must be true.😂

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Appreciate that reminder about the conjunction at the beginning of the sentence. MS Word needs to come read your posts. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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