Writing Rules Explained #4: Don't Use Passive Voice

Writing Rules Explained #4: Don’t Use Passive Voice

I have a plug-in on my website that constantly tells me to rewrite my content because I use passive voice too much. If I were to import my content into an online text analyser, I’d get the same result. “Don’t use passive voice” is a rule that you can bet appears on probably just about … Read more

The Power of Passive Voice

The Power of Passive Voice

Active voice tells us the subject is doing the action (The dog chased the cat). Passive voice tells us that the subject is having the the action done to it (The cat was chased by the dog). Easy enough to understand in theory, but confusing and frowned upon nonetheless. The problem with passive voice is that … Read more

How to make your writing less wordy

How to Make Your Writing Less Wordy (or, how to write concisely)

Falling short of a required word count? Trying to sound more formal? I’m sure we’ve all committed the crime of wordiness at some stage. But what does it actually do for our writing? Wordy writing uses more words than necessary to make a point and can damage the quality of your text. Using too many … Read more