When a comma is like a choo-choo train

I help my clients with writing tips. Here's one on commas:

When's the right time to use a comma in a series, and more importantly, when do you not? Think of a series of items in a sentence like a freight train.


When punctuation should be like a carrot

I learned my language skills through three years of high school English, memorizing the AP style book in college and enduring newspaper editors calling me mocking names.

Reading the world's blogs, I see everyone hasn't been blessed by my editors. As I tell my clients, let me help you out.

Let's look at one of the founding rules in punctuation: Placement within quotes.