About The Author

Katie Salidas is a USA Today bestselling author and RONE award winner known for her unique genre-blending style.

Since 2010 she's penned five bestselling book series: the Immortalis, Olde Town Pack, Little Werewolf, Chronicles of the Uprising, and the all-new Agents of A.S.S.E.T. series. As her not-so-secret alter ego, Rozlyn Sparks, she is a USA Today bestselling author of romance with a naughty side.

In her spare time Katie also produces and hosts a YouTube talk show; Spilling Ink. She also has a regular column on First Comics News where she explores writing from a nerdy perspective.

Notes from writing class - Comma Splices

Disclaimer: This is a recurring and random series of posts. I'm currently enrolled in a basic writing/editing class and felt that my notes might be helpful to others. Please note, I am not an editor. I'm just an author trying to learn more about the craft to improve my own work, and sharing the things I learn along the way.   Enjoy.

What the heck is a comma splice?

I hate to admit my own ignorance but I’ve had critiquing partners yell at me for this and I honestly didn’t know why.  I know, bad Katie. I should have known better. Comma splices are a simple thing.

Comma splices are two complete sentences that you join together with a comma, instead of separating with a period or other punctuation, or joining them with a conjunction (and, but, or…).

While technically incorrect (Editors will have their red pens at the ready), stylistically, they are okay.  But as with all things there is a caveat.  Use sparingly and only when working to show the characters voice.

I wobbled getting up, my head buzzed like the high from a drug.

To be perfectly correct, a period should go where the comma is.

I wobbled as I rose to my feet. My head buzzed like the high from a drug. 

You could also say...

I wobbled as I rose to my feet, and my head buzzed like the high from a drug.

See how easy that was? So remember, to avoid the comma splice, use a period or a coordinating conjunction.

Reminds me of that old GI Joe ending... "Now you know, and knowing is half the battle."