Have you given much thought to punctuation lately?
I thought not. Novel Journey scored an interview with Noah Lukeman, author of A Dash of Style: The Art and Mastery of Punctuation, who had this to say:
For most writers, punctuation is something they learned when young and which they now do mostly by instinct. Most writers have not actively studied or paid close attention to the marks on an ongoing basis, or in recent years. Since they do so much instinctually, they prefer not to dwell too deeply. It is like holding up a magnifying glass to the part they prefer to keep in the dark, or at the very least, not to be highlighted.
So, what’s your approach to punctuation? Do you just stick things in where they seem to fit, or do you follow a set of rules learned in grammar school?