Welcome to our weekly blog link-up!
We’re in the middle of a month-long writing challenge called 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes. Each day in October I provide a one-word writing prompt and encourage participants to free write for five minutes flat.
See a list of challenge participants here.
I’ve been writing my own series on 31 Days of Writing Tips. You can find other posts in this series on this page.
Today’s writing prompt is: ACTIVE
Today’s writing tip is: Use active voice (not passive voice) as much as possible in your writing.
This tip was one of my biggest struggles while writing my first book. Apparently I naturally gravitate to passive voice unless I make a conscious effort otherwise!
In his article, “How to Fix Passive Voice,” bestselling author Jerry Jenkins points out that using active voice is one way to help your work stand out and look more professional to editors and readers alike.
He writes, “Avoiding passive voice will set you apart from much of your competition, but even better, if will give your writing a distinct ring of clarity. Scour your work-in-progress for passive voice, root it out, replace it with active, and see how much more powerfully it reads. That’s the kind of writing that gets more of an editor’s time.”
What’s the difference between active voice and passive voice?
In active voice, the subject of the sentence DOES the action.
In passive voice, the subject RECEIVES the action, or is acted upon.
Here are some examples:
Passive: My hand was bitten by a dog.
Active: A dog bit my hand.
Passive: The event was organized by Pam.
Active: Pam organized the event.
Passive: The birthday cake was baked by my daughter.
Active: My daughter baked the birthday cake.
A challenge for you: Scan through your work and change as many passive sentences into active voice.
Find more writing tips here.
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I’ll be one of six speakers sharing tips and practical steps for how to write your book.
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Join the link-up below with your own five minute free write, then visit your link-up neighbor to read their post and leave an encouraging comment!