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Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak.
First off, Happy New Year to everyone! Hope your holidays were spectacular!
January 4 Question: What writing rule do you wish you’d never heard?
I always have trouble with active vs. passive voice. More often than I care to admit, I’m guilty of using passive voice in a lot of my writing. Using passive voice leads to excessive word usage and vaguer sentences. Using active voice provides more ‘pop’ to your writing. Thankfully, the programs I use all let me know when I’m using passive instead of active voice. I re-write the sentences to make them active which makes it frustrating and time-consuming.
Mind you, an occasional passive sentence is fine with me, but I need work on using active voice more often. In everyday conversation, I speak with an active voice (obviously) :), but in my writing, it seems to be the opposite. How sad is that, considering this is probably rule #1! How I wish there were no difference!
What writing rule pushes your buttons?