Today is our first day of workshop. One problem I saw repeatedly in the short assignments unit is an overuse of gerunds.
Gerunds are verbs that can act like nouns because we added “-ing.” For example
- finish — finishing
- do — doing
- swim — swimming
The problem is this: when a sentence starts off using gerunds, young writers often forget to make it into an actual sentence:
- A dense forest growing darker while footsteps charge through, whisperings of voices hear around, roots sprung from their trees to trip him, sirens whaling in the distance.
- “Okay officer,” handing him his stuff.