Dun Writin’—Now Whut? A series by Susan Uttendorfsky – Owner of Adirondack Editing – (07 Consecutive Versus Concurrent Action)

This is a really useful piece.

I hope I can take advantage of it while working on my Dad’s literary works.

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Consecutive Versus Concurrent Action

Before we start this discussion, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page. These two words start with the same letter and are almost the same length, but they mean very different things. Using Merriam-Webster online, here are the two definitions:

  • Consecutive: following one after the other in order, successive

  • Concurrent: happening at the same time

How do they come into play in writing and how can they be a problem?

Often writers are so excited about getting the story down in writing that they don’t pay attention to details. This is one of those little details which might turn a reader off. Some authors have significant problems with consecutive versus concurrent, while others are a natural with it.

What do you think of this sentence?

  • Parking the car, Javier walked the dog to the house and scratched his nose.

As a writer, you…

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