Day 787: Ditch the Continuous Tense

During the rewriting process of my novel, I have realised that I tend to use the continuous tense a lot. At least, I used to do it. “He is looking at her while putting on his gloves” – such sentences are indeed dull. “He looks at her while he puts his gloves on” – not ideal but much sharper than the first version. The continuous tense slows down the pace, drags the reader along, numbs their mind. The characters do not have to be doing something. Instead, they do things and then do other things. The continuous tense is a parasite that should be omitted from a writer’s toolbox. Yes, it does have its place and time but too much of it is just bad writing.

Progress Report

1. Own and live in a house.

One of those days when I only thought about the house.

2. Write AND publish a book.

Continued the rewrite process. Got rid of lots of continuous tense sentences.

3. Win a major race.

Just an easy run. 30 minutes. Recovering from the previous day’s speedwork + preparation for the hard workouts coming up in the weekend.

Photo of the Day

Cold winter but the river is not completely frozen.

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