Active Vs. Passive Voice And Other Amazing Writing Tips!

Going off Aaron’s lead on the Barrie Writers’ Club Website with his repost about Active and Passive Voice in storytelling, I decided to track down some more examples of excellent writing tips.  And seeing as you’re probably very busy writing and editing your stories plus poetry for the Unleashed Ink 2 book, I thought I’d add some more resources in both YouTube videos and written resources online here also.

The first video is from UBC (University of British Columbia) on: Active And Passive Voice:

They have also created a Wiki resource with this same information here:

Grammar and Style/Active vs. Passive Voice

Active vs. Passive Voice/Pre-Class Activities/Version 2

Another great YouTube Video is: How to Write better – Writing Tips on Voice, Tense, Perspective, Cliché and Wordiness

The differences between the Active and Passive Voice: Grammar Lesson – Active and Passive Voice Explained

Another quick but insightful video series on: Research & Writing Tips : How to Change Passive Voice to Active Voice

Don’t give up if at first you don’t understand this abstract concept; it takes time, effort and conscious consideration before it becomes habit. Your persistence and awareness of both the Active and Passive Voice will eventually pay off.

Remember to read your work out loud even if you don’t have an audience. Often if you’re stumbling over your own words and sentences, that’s telling you your readers will too! And no, ideal storytelling doesn’t only just incorporate an active voice… the best work is peppered between, “Show” and “Tell”. So keep doing and write on! In this case, Practice does make perfect.

Oops I used a cliché… This also means that rules are meant to be broken too sometimes ;)



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