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The Essential Elements Of A Story

A story is a distinct form of literature, different from a memoir, or an essay, or a descriptive piece. Essentially, a story is someone, somewhere, doing something. Without those three elements, it might be a wonderful piece of writing, but it isn’t a story. “Someone” refers to the character or characters: the ones the story is about. The characters might not be human – several of the stories in the read more ...

Active and Passive Voice

In spite of what many writers – and, unfortunately, some teachers of writing – believe, active and passive voice has nothing to do with the “strength” of the verb. Rather, it is about the direction of the action. In active voice, the subject acts upon or toward the object. The construction is a simple subject – verb – object: “The boy (subject) kicked (verb – acted upon) the ball (object).” “Fre read more ...
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