Be Bold!

Something that I commonly change in the prose of stories is that a character will start to do something or begin to do something, rather than just doing it. In many cases, “beginning” to do the thing isn’t relevant.

They end up doing it without interruption. So why specify that?

Over-qualifying is a pretty common issue. Tied to passive versus active voice, which writers see talked about everywhere. It’s a matter of being assertive in your writing.

“He began to get up, heading over to the table.”

Why do we need to know that he began to do it? Why not just say “He got up and went to the table”?

It’s a simple change, but it makes a very active impact on your writing. It’s more engaging and less drawn-out, which is very important to the flow of your story.