Is the following sentence structure is considered valid by conventional editors in the fiction writing field?: I do want to be clear, so if things aren't coming across correctly, I'd like to know. There's a lot of -ing verbs I've stuffed in clauses in my writing. I'm trying to rewrite them to deliver a closer experience for the reader. I feel "swiped at her brow" sounds better than "swiping at her brow", but I'm not sure if it works. Usually I would just put "and" in the middle. For example: But in the interest of variation, I wondered if I could drop it. Just a note- I do use the other "swiping at her brow" structure too, just trying to cut back. Much thanks.