Do you have a draft of your novel or short story and are thinking of submitting to an agent, publisher or writing contest? My series called Before You Submit might help. This series contains hints and tips I’ve received from professionals in the publishing industry. Each week I’ll share a new tip.
This week I’ll write about Run-on Sentences.
Was I embarrassed when an editor corrected a line a narrative by commenting that it was a run-on sentence, and I didn’t know what a run-on sentence was? You bet. I had to look it up.
Basically a run-on sentence occurs when two or more independent clauses are connected without the correct punctuation or coordinating conjunction.
Here is an example of what not to do.
After the avalanche, Darren changed, he’s been getting into fights at the bar.
As you can see, I liked commas at the time. 🙂
The corrected version is:
After the avalanche, Darren changed. He’s been getting into fights at the bar.
The second comma changed to a period. The second sentence starts with a capital letter.
Everyone has to start somewhere, and I was lucky to have an editor who took the time to correct my writing during my early days of crafting a novel.
I hope this helps improve your writing.
See Before You Submit:Likeable Characters for the first blog in this series and an introduction the benefits of submitting even if you get a rejection letter.
Thanks for reading . . .