Editing can send you a little crazy, should I use a semi-colon here or not I ask myself. I don’t really like them, but I’m supposed to use one and Word has suggested it to me! I don’t always listen to Word, but it does pick up some questionable things.
I read things out aloud and it makes sense. I’m shocked after countless drafts; I should know each sentence off by heart. How long does one deliberate over adding or removing a comma? After 10 minutes, I realize it’s too long to spend and leave it as it was. I used a cliché; I like it so it stays because it makes me laugh.
How would an American say this? I envisage my friends in dialogue and message them to make sure. I’ve watched enough US drama shows and spent enough time in the US, I shouldn’t doubt myself, but editing does that to you. Was I being mean to my character, am I being too philosophical here or overbearingly opinionated there?
Soon you can be the judge of that!