EDITING 101: 07 – Consecutive Versus Concurrent Action…

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Originally posted as the Dun Writin’—Now Whut? series on this blog, EDITING 101 is a weekly refresher series for some of you and brand new for others.

Courtesy of Adirondack Editing

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…

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