I have no idea why, but lately it seems like people are “comma happy”—randomly sprinkling commas throughout their writing. Commas end up in the strangest places. Most of the time they aren’t even needed. Look at the examples below. None of the sentences need a comma.
1. I found an old photo album, of pictures from my childhood.
Remove comma: I found an old photo album of pictures from my childhood.
2. It was yesterday, that I found my wallet.
Remove comma: It was yesterday that I found my wallet.
(Better: I found my wallet yesterday.)
3. My dog, chewed up my slippers.
Remove comma: My dog chewed up my slippers.
4. The three little kids, at the park, were riding bikes.
Remove commas: The three little kids at the park were riding bikes.
5. I was thinking, that maybe, today I might call my friend Linda.
Remove commas: I was thinking that maybe today I might call my friend Linda.
6. Why is he complaining, about the noise, when I have my headphones on?
Remove commas: Why is he complaining about the noise when I have my headphones on?
7. Misty was thinking, of becoming a writer, because she had a great story, all figured out in her mind.
Remove commas: Misty was thinking of becoming a writer because she had a great story all figured out in her mind.
I have no idea why people are putting commas in so many random places. Possibly they think there should be a comma whenever they would pause during a spoken conversation, but that’s not the case. There are very clear rules of how to use commas. Read them HERE.
Savvy Writer Tip:
When writing, don’t put a comma in unless you know it absolutely should be there. If in doubt, leave it out! 🙂