Paragraph-ing like Hiaasen

 Paragraph Lessons from Skinny Dip Carl Hiaasen’s Skinny Dip rocks with wit and –ing phrases. Each page contains a treasure such as this: Not even nine in the morning and already Tool was sweating off the fentanyl patches. To cool down, he removed his boots and overalls, then chugged a liter of Mountain Dew that he’d …

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Pesky -ing phrases

Handle with Care:  “-ing” Modifiers Verbal phrases like “noting the snake’s distinctive red on yellow” or “knifing through the water” can perform astonishing feats in the dramatization of our stories or, if we aren’t careful, can stand out like spinach on the teeth of our syntax and mark us as writers who have not mastered our …

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