The passive voice is often maligned by grammazons as a bad writing habit. Or, to put it in the active voice, grammazons across the English-speaking world malign the passive voice as a bad writing habit.
In general, the active voice makes your writing stronger, more direct, and, you guessed it, more active. The subject is something, or it does the action of the verb in the sentence. With the passive voice, the subject is acted upon by some other performer of the verb. (In case you weren’t paying attention, the previous two sentences use the type of voice they describe.)
But the passive voice is not incorrect. In fact, there are times when it can come in handy. Read on to learn how to form the active and passive voices, when using the passive voice is a good idea, and how to avoid confusing it with similar forms. See More . . .
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines exposition as “a setting forth of the meaning or purpose”.
You, young writer, begin writing a story. You have your characters, your setting, your plot – you can’t wait to paint a picture with your words.
Caution, young writer! There is a simple truth to writing that must be considered before you begin putting your masterpiece on the page.
Any and all storytelling requires exposition – the explanation of how Character X got from Point A to Point B and then later to Point C.
In other words, exposition provides crucial information about the characters, their motives and the setting of your story. Expository writing is often criticised for over-explaining a situation, yet it’s one of the most important aspects of all writing genres.
Good writing is actually the same thing as good exposition. Expository passages are where you cultivate your voice, and there are many ways to successfully “‘set forth the meaning and purpose” of your story.
Here is a famous example: See More . . .