Writing Tip 1 – Active, not Passive Voice

Write in the active, not the passive voice. 

This is probably one of the most common mistakes that writers (yes, including myself) make. If you’re unclear as to exactly what I mean by “passive” voice, take a look at this example. 

Problem: Passive Voice Constructoin

(noun) (verb phrase) (noun) 

Example: “We were invited by our neighbors to attend their party.”

Solution: Active Voice Construction

(noun) (verb) (noun)

Rewrite the sentence to open with “our neighbors” (it’s a stronger sentence opener, trust me):

“Our neighbors invited us to attend their party.”

Note: Yes, it’s challenging, but with time and care in correcting passive voice mistakes you will be on your way to becoming a more proficient writer, because you will have clearly singled out the subject of the sentence.