October 20

Tip: Active vs. Passive voice – This is something that trips up a lot of authors. Active voice is preferred by most publishers, but, there is also a place for passive voice. In fact, there are times when changing something from passive to active makes the sentence awkward. Examples: Active voice: The diners ate the dry chicken. Passive voice: The dry chicken was eaten by the diners. In the active voice, you have subject, verb, object. In the passive one, the performer of the action (the diners) is now stuck in a prepositional phrase (by). The diners are still eating, but they are no longer the subject of the sentence. Be careful of overuse of passive voice.

Thought for the day: Dr. Seuss’ first children’s book “And to Think That I saw it on Mulberry Street” was rejected by twenty-seven publishers. The twenty-eighth – Vanguard Press – sold six million copies.

Jumpstart: Your favorite candy maker is going to create a candy bar in your honor. What would you like it to be? How would it look? What would it have in it? What would you call it?