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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

"Gerund-ing"



It's Wednesday! I almost forgot to post today to be honest ... took the kids out to the playground this morning, did the lunch routine, and I've been working on my novel for the past few hours and then it hit me, "Oh crap! Blog!" In addition, at the playground today my friend mentioned the 'Pinterest' web site and signing up for that site as well, and all I could think was, I'm already on Facebook and Blogger and to think of joining something else right now would just be a bit too much.

Anyway, I'm really challenging myself to do weekly posts on this blog simply because I like the blogosphere and the networking vibe. So far, I've visited a number of blogs (and plan to visit more) and I've been fascintated by all of the different writers out there. It's a great little community!

So enough with my 'diary' and let's get onto 'Gerund-ing.' Well, really, the word is 'Gerund.' I read an article by Susan Sundwall in the latest edition of the Children's Writer newsletter about gerunds, and I'm always interested in finding out the exact terminology for the word-tools we use as writers.

According to Sundwall, gerunds "are words ending in ing and express action or a state of being." For example, golfing, fishing, barbecuing (just thought I would throw those verbs in there since it's Father's Day this weekend and all ;)

Also, gerunds are great for economy in terms of tightening your writing (i.e. "He golfed all day while he drank beer" vs. "Drinking beer, he golfed all day.")

So there's your word of the day ... "Gerund," in case you didn't know ;)

Until next Wednesday! Happy Writing!

8 comments:

  1. Hi Siobhan, thanks for checking out my blog and following. I actually missed the last IWSG post due to my dreadful organisational skills, but hopefully I can schedule the next one in time.

    You were probably wise not to join Pinterest, I'm on it and I love it but it's highly addicting and such a time waster, so not a good idea if you're trying to do regular blog posts.

    I'd never heard of the word Gerund before-you learn something new everyday!

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    1. Thanks for the heads up on Pinterest ;)

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  2. LOve gerunds. How about diphthongs? Tomorrow I use that great word in my blog.

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    1. I'll have to check this out. I'm curious now.

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  3. Thanks for visiting me during IWSG. I love using gerunds but I always forget the name.

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    1. I never even knew the name existed ... lol. I just called them "ing" words ;) You learn something new each day.

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  4. You have a nice blog, very interesting. I tend to use a lot of gerunds in my writing, which means a lot of work for my editor =)

    Happy father's day! And thanks for stoping by my blog.

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