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Keep your writing moving.
From the racetrack to the digestive system, movement is good. When you write, you want to keep your writing moving to keep your reader engaged.
One of the best ways to keep your writing moving is to use more active sentences than passive sentences.
What is an active sentence and what is a passive sentence? Examples are better than definitions.
Here is an active sentence:
Antonio gripped the steering wheel as he screeched around the corner.
And here is a passive sentence:
The steering wheel was gripped by Antonio as he screeched around the corner.
This sentence's subject is Antonio. The active sentence encourages the reader to focus on the subject, Antonio, while the passive sentence diverts focus to the steering wheel.
In the active sentence, Antonio is doing something, which keeps the story moving. This will be more apparent with several active sentences in a row.
While passive sentences are sometimes necessary, using a lot of them can make your writing sluggish and cause your reader to lose interest.
So, when should passive sentences be used? (Did you notice that this question is a passive sentence?) Stay tuned for our next blog!
Keep the focus on the subject and keep your writing moving with active sentences!