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.

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23 thoughts on “Using -ing Words | The Editor’s Blog”

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    1. Me, also, Adele. We learn as we go. I was terrified about the editing but now I am realizing that this is where our writing really gets good. A new chapter in the learning process. <3

  2. 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!

  3. EllenReadAuthor

    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. 🙂

  4. 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.

    1. I agree. I have been writing in 3rd person point of view. I end up telling the story using a lot of ing and ed endings on my verbs. I worry about how much is too much. A real learning process. ❤️

      1. Ah, yes, active vs. passive. Active verbs make a story buzz with action, Colleen, compared to the -ing. As a suggestion, not a rule. 😉 Hello to you and Ron, my friend.

              1. Hard work is good for us, Colleen. Think of the rewards! I’m really proud of you, my friend. Sorry I haven’t been around more to support you. I’m here for you even when I’m not obviously commenting.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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