I saw a post about a month ago on this sub. It was someone's thoughts on a specific writing mistake new writers often make, but I can't remember what it's called. I think it refers specifically to character-building and is in a similar vein as the 'telling instead of showing' violation in that it detaches readers from the character, but it's a little bit different that. I think the explanation was that the way some writers write descriptions of what is happening to a character essentially leads readers to think of that character as an object, rather than a person. I know that kind of sounds like using the active/passive voice, but it isn't that either. And the word ends in '-ing' I'm sorry this is all I could provide. But I do really want to remember what it was called because I think I might be doing it in my writing. Thanks in advance

Edit: either in the post or in the first comment on it, someone provided a link to an actual published research article on the topic. Maybe that helps narrow things down.

Edit: I fucking found it! It's called filtering. Here's a link to it https://www.reddit.com/r/writing/comments/b6hjle/filtering_vs_to_be/

Source: reddit post


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