Editing, while talking to yourself!

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!

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S.T. Alvyn, is an author, explorer and philosopher. She writes, muses, and philosophizes on life by sharing spiritual theories and concepts through experiences, channeling, spirit guides and claircognizance. She is also a tsundoku, but with good intentions to read them all one day. Besides a love of history, literature, photography, fashion, and beauty, she has a passion for traveling and writing; both fiction and non-fiction with a down-to-earth and quirky sense of humor. Among her travels she has ventured on the slopes of Mount Everest, slept on the active volcano in Stromboli, wandered around the jungles in Thailand on an elephant and survived a few New England winters and heatwaves so far…

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