Darryl Houston of our Word Press group, posted about the use of the word which, as opposed to using the word, that. Strictly speaking the word, which is used when adding more information to a phrase that can stand alone without it. The basic issue is the mix up with the word that, which when used, gives a more definitive feel to the phrase. Darryl’s post made me realize that I tend to use which and the comma quite often.
I am wondering if this is simply an unconscious stylistic tool, or is it because I’m searching for a better way to communicate and the result is me fumbling with the words, so I use which and commas to fill in the blanks? I wonder about this because I feel that perhaps I should be more authoritative when I write or at least be more in command of what I want to say.
This is on my mind because next week is November 1st, the start of November National Novel Writing Month and I am getting nervous. I worry that I’m not going to be up for the challenge. I shall try to do my best. I just need to remind myself that this isn’t a competition and I am my own worst critic, so I should let up on myself, one day at a time.