I spent the morning putting in a comma and the afternoon removing it.
You will also find this quote attributed to Oscar Wilde. You gotta love quoteinvestigator!
Have you ever felt like this?
How do you deal with your writing setbacks?
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16 thoughts on “To Comma or Not To Comma”
So interesting, I’m reading a Penguin ‘mini’ booklet about Flaubert’s letters to his mother and friends of his journey to Egypt as a younger (28yrs old) man….. I read amongst other of course Mme Bovary (and viewed the film), the parrot and maybe others. I do NOT like him. He is too French, he is looking at everything as a ‘surrounding of his own navel gazing’, he was out to shock with his language, he is crude – and also bloody amazing as a writer…. I can see this quote absolutely – but it doesn’t mean I like him! I have enough respect for him to read him – but I DO wish I wouldn’t bother 😉
Ha ha, you’ve summed this up so nicely!
Definitely one of the best quotes of all time! 😀 It is like this for drawing as well. And it happens to me with every idea. 🙂
Oh my … drawing is even worse! That’s why my tiny kids book is still in the stage of ‘almost’ finished since August now. Erm …
It’s painful sometimes …
My biggest setback is getting interrupted a lot and then feeling too exhausted to write. This is especially frustrating when I have a lot of interesting ideas. Which is why my notes are all over the place: Three mobile devices, two cloud drives, a paper notebook, comma, comma, comma.
😅 Academic writing is easy. Focus on the evidence. But for fiction, I have to rely on the goodwill of others, which is difficult because someone can say “I don’t get it” and that makes me want to hide my work.
Oh I feel for you! Notes I have a lot; on many devices, preferably paper. This is why I am attending writing classes at the moment — you’d think that would help you! While the input is great, you get crushed here and there professionally and I am starting to understand that the only thing you can do is just do it. Eventually … Good luck with your projects!
Thank you for the support. I am also guilty of procrastinating but I can call it “research”. I’m an expert at this. 🧐 😆 I agree with you … just write.
It’s not always procrastinating… without boredom there is no creativity. There has to be time to just be
(Yeah, I know this is silly with a hobby like blogging)
That’s funny about the comma and writer’s block. I am lucky for my blog as it is based on my walks so there’s no wondering what to write about though I do sneak in a general post, like Nick and the Cosmos, every so often. I admit I’d find it difficult to come up with a new topic on a regular basis and I know that is why some fellow bloggers drop off the map for weeks at a time. There was a fellow blogger who wrote every day, quirky kinds of things and that’s how she identified her blog, but a few medical issues in her family and she stopped that daily regimen and having stopped she wrote that she can’t get back into blogging now. I’ve got a stash of pictures but not enough time to churn out posts and when I do they are overly long. 🙂
Can really relate to that! I’ve got a bit more on my plate than I can handle but I feel if I had a blogging break, I might never come back … It is just, you don’t just wanna write your content, you want to connect with other bloggers and read their stuff. Quality? Quantity? Sigh
I know, the first four years, I had a handful of followers – neighbors, friends and only two commenters. Then someone “discovered” my blog in WordPress and I said “how did you find me here?” I had only shared the blog site with people I knew. No one from here in WP had ever commented or liked a single post. The person who “discovered” me has been on a blogging break now for about two years – I sent him a message on an old post to ask how he was and he says after years of blogging, he is enjoying his break and is not ready to come back for a long time. He had a ton of followers (thousands) so I don’t know how he did it.
Charlee: “Punctuation decisions can be very difficult to make.”
Chaplin: “Maybe that’s why Dennis never used any of it.”
Oh, you two! Or is it “you, too?”