On the long list of interesting items I’ve learned about over the years, but never taken the time to try out, resides a subject called “English Prime” commonly known as “e-prime”. First hearing about “e-prime” long ago (probably during a commute on Interstate 85 thru the Carolina countryside while listening to NPR) I still find the idea intriguing. E-prime advocates the practice of speaking/writing without using any form of the verb “to be”. This includes all usage of ‘are, is, was, were, am, be, being, been’. Both proponents and opponents exist to this concept.
I’ve read some short examples written in e-prime, including rewrites of works by well known authors shown for comparison. LJ list 34 users with e-prime as an interest. If nothing else, LJ is a community with writing as the common denominator. Have you practiced e-prime or know of examples by writers who have?