Using -ing Words | The Editor’s Blog


I wish there was a magic wand I could wave to correct my grammar as I continue editing my novel. How about you? Read this comprehensive article about editing and how to fix some of your mistakes. This is a MUST-READ! <3 

There’s a lot of conflicting advice that tells writers to never use words that end in -ing or to not use -ing words under certain conditions. Explore both the advice and the rationale behind it.

Source: Using -ing Words | The Editor’s Blog

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Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on
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  1. Ugh. That’s the thing, isn’t it? “conflicting advice” Always. Well…I’m off to read it anyway. Interested. 😉

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  3. Hi Colleen! Thanks for sharing this article. I pinned it to my Pinterest ‘Writing’ board. 🙂

  4. thanks Colleen for this article. I find I`m re-learning everything I was taught regarding grammar at school. any help is great appreciated.

  5. Reblogged this on Just Can't Help Writing and commented:
    This article provides excellent, detailed discussion. In critique groups I’ve been enrolled in, some critiquers seem terrified of the progressive tenses, and some believe that using a present-participle phrase as a modifier constitutes “mixing tenses” and therefore incorrect. The article is on point that glomming onto such rigid rules limits writers’ options for rhythm and meaning.
    And the discussion here of dangling modifiers should be required reading for all aspiring writers. i see so many of these. Otherwise competent writers seem oblivious to them. The examples here precisely mirror what I see.
    I think writers need to READ, widely, and not just the latest free examples of their favorite genre, to see how good writers make use of many available strategies and apply rules thoughtfully rather than blindly.
    If you’ve ever been told to cut “-ing” words, take the time to read this!

  6. Thanks for sharing this, Colleen. I’m very careful with ‘ing’ words but it’s easy to slip up. I’ve reached the stage of my novel that after many drafts it’s been edited by a writer friend, I’ve worked on her suggestions and now I’m proof reading. I’ll then give it to two other people to proof read. I’m just hoping it will be well received. I’m sure there will be things I could have written better but I’ve done my best. I hope you going well with the books. 🙂

  7. I thing there should be well-intentioned suggestions, not hard-fast rules. But that’s just me, Colleen. Every writer needs to find her or his own comfortable voice.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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