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One of the quickest ways to turn me off a story is to leave it full of grammatical errors. A number of the entries in last year’s Short Fiction Award had this problem, as do many of the self-published books I review on my Christian Book Reviews site. Unfortunately it is encouraged by those unscrupulous people who, in an effort to make a quick buck, teach people that they don’t need to actually understan 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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