Just in time for the holidays, here is a song I found at the Literal Minded blog about helping verbs.
Helping verbs have their place (or they wouldn't be so popular--look, I just used two of them). In our writing, they are great starters, but because they are passive verbs, there is usually a better way to say it.
Let's look at some simple examples:
She was crying. Tighten that baby up: She cried. Or better yet, show us rather than tell us: Tears streamed down her rosy cheeks.
I am so hungry=I want to eat everything in sight.
I have to go=I went=I ran out the door to the safety of my car.
Now it's your turn. Here is a line from my current Work In Progress: He was far more fascinating than the cash register.
Re-Write away in the comments my friends.