Why Are Ing Words Considered Weak In Fiction Writing? – by Derek Haines…

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What is wrong with using ing words and verbs?

There are no rules to break when you use verb forms or words that end in ing.

Our language only has two participle forms, ed and ing. Because of this, you are going to use a lot of these words in your writing.

However, when we use progressive tenses, or in some cases, the gerund form, they can weaken your writing. Generally, we class simple past and present tense verbs as strong verbs.

The best advice for new writers is to try to replace weak verbs with better alternatives.

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