I join NaNoWriMo year after year because of the writing community—there’s nothing like it!
I love how writers from everywhere unite for a common, personal writing goal: To finally write that novel. We receive genuine support virtually from writers across the country and globe. And we finally get to meet hundreds of writers within our community during one of the coldest months of the year.
Sadly, there’s always a dark side to even the best of intentions.
Week 2 of National Novel Writing Month is in the books! I’ve typed out a lot of words, reinstated some neglected (yet proven) writing habits back into my life and haven’t hated every word I’ve cranked out into my story.
If you are brave enough to let someone edit your work, be it an academic paper or the third chapter of your novel-in-progress, there’s a good chance that you’ve seen this scribbled out in bold red pen:
Use active voice here.
Well, wouldn’t it be helpful if they explained? Since your editor can’t hyperlink an example on traditional paper, you’re now searching the Internet to figure out the difference between active voice and passive voice.