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The War on Gerunds

I try to wean myself off verb forms that end with 'ing'.

Might be a personal quirk, but writing styles that use them a lot annoy me. Is it because they occur in the same kind of sentence? For example:

"Watching from the tower, he could see the soldiers marching along the king's road, footsteps falling in unison, eyes staring straight ahead."

That's the four clause version. But I've read story/novel extracts where almost every sentence is a shorter or longer version of that form. I don't like it. They may be related to verbs, but gerunds behave differently. They seem to suck energy out of the story. So when I'm editing my stuff, I take them out.

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