Carrie Rubin over at The Write Transition gave me the idea for this post. Her comment on my post about the word “didn’t” was (in part),
“I have a lot of “started to”s as well. “Her hands started to shake;” “he started to wonder;” that kind of thing. So I’m eliminating many of those, making it “Her hands shook,” etc.
An evil cousin of “started/ing to” is “began/beginning to.”
Let’s look at some examples:
I am starting to be a strong writer.
Robin’s wise advice guides me as I make my writing stronger.
I started writing every word Robin utters.
Why don’t you read her blog instead?
I write Robin’s advice in my journal and refer to the tips when I edit my manuscript.
I began to stalk Robin in the hopes she would follow my blog.
There are laws against that Mr. Creepo.
I stalked Robin until she feared for her safety and finally agreed to follow my blog.
Robin is beginning to think I am crazy.
Robin thinks I am crazy and she reported me the Grammar Police.
Thanks for idea Carrie!