Split up tangled sentences
Is your sentence becoming a tangled nest of commas and dashes? It’s time to re-think the sentence structure or split it up.
As Philip Corbett says in the After Deadline column for the New York Times:
“Sometimes the punctuation itself is the source of the problem, leading to snarled syntax. In other cases, the commas and dashes are a symptom. As a sentence gets more and more convoluted, the writer desperately clutches at punctuation to hold it together.”
Sentences don’t have to be over-simple or devoid of flourishes. But they do have to allow readers to read them.