Are you guilty of these writing no-nos?
You have probably read loads of articles on what you should be doing when it comes to writing.
But what about the things you shouldn’t be doing?
Here is a quick list for you about the things you shouldn’t be doing in your text, whether that’s in fiction or non-fiction.
1. Spelling, Punctuation and Grammatical Errors
With technology, there is no excuse for having spelling, punctuation, or grammatical errors anymore (*she quickly checks her own piece*). Proofread your work, put it through a spell checker, and something that will check the grammar. Fix them and move on.
2. Run-on Sentences
A run-on sentence (also known as a fused sentence or comma splice) occurs when two or more independent and complete sentences are joined together without the appropriate punctuation or conjunctions (joining words) to separate them.
For instance, a comma splice occurs when two sentences are separated by a comma and not the correct conjunction (e.g., I wanted to go to the store, I needed some milk). To correct this, use a semi-colon: I wanted to go to the store; I needed some milk.
A fused sentence happens when two sentences are placed together without any punctuation or conjunction. For example, I wanted to go to the store I needed some milk. Fix this by using a comma and coordinating conjunction: I wanted to go to the store, and I needed some milk. Or you could use a full stop (or period) to separate the two sentences: I wanted to go to the store. I needed some milk. Or you could use a subordinating conjunction to turn one of the sentences into a dependent clause: Since I wanted to go to the store, I needed some milk.
That last one was not a great sentence, but you get the gist.
3. Fragmented Sentences
These are sentences that lack a subject or verb. In other words, something is missing to make it a correct sentence. Examples of fragmented sentences include: In the park on a sunny day. To fix this, you could add in the missing elements: The children played in the park on a sunny day.