Okay, i admit it. I have serious issues with using gerunds. I've tried to kill that abuse by cleaning my story out of them, but i still end up using them because i can't find any other way around them. Does anyone have any good tips about using gerunds correctly? i am at a loss as to what to do. I figured i'd show two paragraphs from my book as examples so you know what I'm dealing with. Both are from the first chapter. The "he" is the MC's brother. Sample one: Waiting until he was a few feet ahead, I gathered up the wood and followed him down a narrow road of snow and ice that we had walked many times before through the woods. It had once been a narrow, animal-made path that was kept secret for many years by the forest until Ardoway had found it when I was younger. Countless races of footprints marked the dips and flats between each bend, and I got the distinct impression we walked along something old beyond our comprehension. Who knew how many creatures that had died out had stood in this very place? Sample two: Shaking my head to clear it as I reached one of the highest branches, I looked over to the village and gazed between the long-frozen needles and icicles, silver in the fading sunlight as a cloud covered its gold eye. This was no time to be troubled. Now was a time to enjoy life while it lasted. A lock of my brazen hair fell into my face, flashing brilliantly for a moment in the sun’s last rays as it began to set, and I breathed in the chilly air; feeling the sharpness of it sting the back of my throat. Sometimes I came out here secretly on clear nights when the moon shone, just to look at the stars. I felt as if I was looking up to where our parents had gone, and was letting them know that I was still here, that I would always hold them close to my heart despite my never really knowing them. Any help is very much appreciated.