Norm d'Plume wrote:
I've received feedback that -ing verbs should be avoided whenever possible. Here's an example:
Alexander raced from behind the desk to come to Joseph’s aid, but Cain elbowed Joseph’s father in the face, driving him to the ground, dazed and bleeding.
In the above, the word 'driving' can be replaced with 'which drove.' One word replaced by two.
Is this a common rule of thumb to follow?
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Alexander started, racing behind the desk, coming to Joseph’s aid, with Cain elbowing Joseph’s father in the face, driving him to the ground, being dazed and bleeding.
There an illogic to the grammar of your sentence which forces four characters together in an unclear way: A races to help J but C elbows J'sf. You obviously must have J and J'sf in the action of the previous sentence doing something untoward Cain.