Well, I’m almost too mortified to share this, but, of course, I will.
As I shared earlier this week, I got lazy recently and am about 10- to 12,000 words behind where I should be at this point in my newest novel, Fixing His Broken Ballerina: Volume 1.
It’s my own fault I’m behind. I’m guilty of being lazy and lethargic this last week. And, now I’m paying the price.
As I madly am dashing to catch up in word count (never gonna happen!), I am finding that a new “wrinkle” is in the mix.
I seem to be unable to remember anything about grammar, punctuation & syntax. And, it’s not only frustrating, it’s scaring me!
It started this morning when I couldn’t remember which of these was correct for possessive: 1) Doris’ pencil, or 2) Doris’s pencil. I mean, the woman’s name already ends in an “s”, so does that mean I only add the apostrophe, or am I supposed to add the apostrophe and another “s”?!
If that weren’t exasperating enough, I ran into another problem. I couldn’t remember how to correctly tell that Connie was both having an anxiety problem and difficulty in explaining something.
So… like, which is correct?
- Connie (with no small amount of anxiety), tried with difficulty to tell her about the situation.
- Connie, with no small amount of anxiety, tried, with difficulty, to tell her about the situation.
- Connie, with no small amount of anxiety, tried with difficulty to tell her about the situation.
Or, would it just be better to express in THIS cowardly, but correct form:
- Connie was experiencing a great deal of anxiety. However, she told her about the situation. It was so difficult for her.