A Writing Challenge Blog from the Folk at Fiction Vortex

The Fiction Vortex kingdom of Wordsmiths is under attack! Led by the self-appointed word master, Jam Esb, the Keyabanite force seeks to undermine, degrade, and destroy our kingdom’s sacred writings on the harsh field of battle. You, a Fiction Vortex Wordsmith, must defend our writings!

First we start with Voice!

Mission #1: Engage Thine Audience!

King Oracion’s subjects are in peril! Though always existing, the Cult of Copula recently spreads deadly amounts of passiveness to the kingdom of Fiction Vortex.

In moderation and when appropriate the engagement of the Cult of Copula’s deities—Be, Was, Were, to name a few—form a crucial part in our Wordsmith magic. Jam Esb’s spies have poisoned the mind of By, the Cult’s High Druid. Now By brings imbalance to the Cult of Copula and to the kingdom.

By teaches that objects are far more important than the King’s subjects. And the subjects believe him, losing their motivation, their allure, and becoming completely uninteresting. And no one likes an uninteresting subject, especially not the Readers, that precious audience so crucial to Fiction Vortex’s commerce.

A Wordsmith can recognize this passive plague when an object is placed before the subject. Further yet, By’s presence is most likely evident, if not implied.

The King calls upon you, his Wordsmiths, to restore balance to the kingdom. Bring back the subjects’ sense of importance. You will raise them up when you bring By to his knees. Haste! Your success is crucial to maintain our Readers and save Fiction Vortex.

We start the mission with these questions:
  1. What is passiveness in writing and sentence structure?
  2. What are ways to identify passiveness?
Here, I lay before thine eyes helpful links to knowledge sites:
  1. http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=2922
  2. https://www.grammarly.com/blog/a-scary-easy-way-to-help-you-find-passive-voice/
  3. http://www.sjsu.edu/writingcenter/docs/handouts/Passive_Voice.pdf
  4. http://www.hamilton.edu/academics/centers/writing/seven-sins-of-writing/1
  5. We can’t forget Grammar Girl! http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/avoid-this-common-passive-voice-mistake
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