This is taken from a worksheet I received at the SWA Conference last month, and I just had to share. Cheryl Norman’s Novel Writing Class, as you can imagine, was hilarious.
Punctuation is like Sex:
- Commas are not like kisses. They should not be scattered freely among your beloved words.
- Like spouses, exclamation marks should ideally come one per person, per lifetime. (Except in YA, I personally believe.)
- Parenthetical asides are like secrets between friends–not a good idea.