I read through "Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace" once again. The authors advises us not to use nouns derived from verbs. If we follow this rule, we will write clearer prose, but if we do this all the time, we will limit our ability to make our language beautiful. In another book, "Spellbinding Sentences" the authors teaches us about gerunds, obviously because she expects us to use them. Now, I could have written my former sentence like this: "While following this rule will bring us closer to writing clear prose, doing this all the time will limit our ability to make our language beautiful". I feel like in some cases this is a much better sentence, but I could not write that because I was bound to the rule of not using nominalizations. Unfortunately, Spellbinding sentences does not offer much advice about clarity. So I am not really sure what rules to follow, when so many writers disagree about the rules, and so much good writing doesn't follow every rule.