Overusing Commas and Other Editing Woes

Halfway through the second draft of The Midnight Tide. I tend to be overly lyrical with my description, and run-on sentences are littered throughout my prose. It’s been cathartic to cut them down (though it hurts my soul to do so) because I recognize that it’s easy to get lost among the adverbs and the adjectives and the metaphors. Every once in awhile I get out a whole paragraph (!!!) and I feel the threads of it slip away and the weight of it fall off my shoulders.

I never thought the editing process would be so freeing. But, it’s like cutting away the fat, the chewy bits that don’t improve the flavor of the story, but make it harder to swallow. I can see a final product slowly beginning to emerge and it’s amazing to see it.

Now, if only I can refrain from using so many commas…

Published by Ren Martinez

Ren is a thirty-something Lost Boy whose personal aesthetic is “suspected of witchcraft by local villagers.” She subscribes to cheerful nihilism, the destruction of the patriarchy, and the belief that glitter makes everything better. She is a Richmond-based writer and performer who has fiction and non-fiction work found in a variety of publications, such as The Mary Sue, RVA Magazine, The Quotable, and Nostrovia Press. She is currently the fiction editor and a regular contributor at Quail Bell Magazine. She is also the co-host of the podcast, This F***ing Guy! Find out more at renmartinez.com or read her dumbass tweets on Twitter @itsrenmartinez

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