Quote of the Week

Quote of the week: “If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.” - Toni Morrison

Monday, March 26, 2012

Two Short Stories Worth Reading

In the year of 2011, I headed up a project for our writer's group. It was a collaboration of 12 authors who came together with the common goal of compiling an anthology of short stories with a theme of December 32nd. It was a wonderful experience that lead me to deeper friendships with already great friends and gave me a new appreciation for the writing process. The project was a roller-coaster of deadlines, successes, critiques, correspondence and working towards a common goal. Unfortunately the anthology project disbanded at the beginning of 2012, because of conflicting goals and writing processes, but out of the experience came something unexpected.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Passive Voice

Everyone talks about passive voice, but what is it exactly? How can it be made to work to benefit a piece of writing and when should it be avoided all together? When is a piece too passive? 

Passive voice occurs when the subject of a sentence is neither a do-er or a be-er. The subject exists, but not focused on. The real emphasis happens- when it is the most important- to the thing acted upon, or when the actor is not important.