i is for ing

It’s scrub day at Cauthen Manor. So let’s make this quick.

Ing.

When going through your manuscript, watching out for “ing” words will help in your revising.

*zzzzzz*

Watch out for “ing” words when you revise your manuscript.

See?

Eliminate as many as you can. “ing” words tend to occur in passive passages. They also make you sound like a Monty Python sketch.

Nothing personal.

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About Lisha Cauthen

Lisha Cauthen writes YA novels for guys that girls like to read too.

Posted on April 11, 2011, in writing and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Good advice! Great example of how a sentence can be strengthened by removing “ing” words.

  2. Yup. Hard to do, sometimes, Sarah.

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