For the record I try to avoid redundant threads because I think they clog up the boards for everybody. So I did a search and it seems all the threads about commas were started by people with specific lines they are seeking help on. I want to ask about the use of commas in general... A poster in one of the many threads I just read said something like this regarding commas: "Yes that's technically correct usage but I'd never do it that way in fiction." Which leads me to think that style has much more influence over grammar in fiction than 'correct usage' rules do. So if you guys don't mind, I would love to hear your basics of comma usage in fiction. Like, maybe a quick summary of your 'comma philosophy' or your 'comma usage tastes/pet peeves' for fiction; either how you approach it when you're writing your own, or for fiction you're reading. Some say style can superimpose itself over correct usage to improve the work. I've also heard that too much style can come off gimmicky and distract the reader. OTOH fiction written with extremely 'correct' grammar may read more like a term paper than a story. Do you agree? (I come from the screenplay world where writers tend to take liberties with grammar more than in novel writing.) Regarding commas, I usually go with what feels right but that can be very deceiving, which is why I'm starting this thread. I'd love to receive some guidance or opinions from posters of this forum. I chose to seek input here rather than a cold dry grammar book because, as alluded by the above quote in red, what is technically correct isn't always the right way to do it when writing fiction. Do you have any thoughts you will share? Thanks in advance.