‘Take it easy on the -ings’


Carla Jean Whitley, Ink-Stained Life

Do you find yourself using the same writing tropes over and over? Once a tendency comes to my attention, I see it everywhere. A former colleague always caught instances of “that” when the word should have been “who.” Once I learned the distinction between passive and active voice, I noticed improper usage everywhere.

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Carla Jean Whitley, SPJ Alabama Pro president

As I read Roy Peter Clark’s “Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer,” I am overwhelmed by usage–or improper usage–of the tools he details. This week, my journalism students read tools five and six, “watch those adverbs” and “take it easy on the -ings.” They then edited one of their recent stories to reduce the number of -ing words, and I did the same. To continue reading link here.

Carla Jean Whitley is president of SPJ Alabama Pro. cj@carlajeanwhitley.com

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