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Converting Passive to Active:

Make sure the subject of your sentence is the perpetrator of the action, not the recipient. 

You can watch out for to-be verbs (was, am, are, etc.) As they can often indicate the use of passive voice, though this isn’t always the case!

Passive: The TARDIS was ridden by the Doctor.
Active: The Doctor rode the TARDIS.
Also Active: The Doctor was riding the TARDIS.

Passive: The Doctor was upset by the color of his kidneys.
Active: The color of his kidneys upset the Doctor.

Passive: Amy was frightened by the Weeping Angels. 
Active: The Weeping Angels frightened Amy.

Passive: Rose was left in another universe by the Doctor.
Active: The Doctor left Rose in another universe.

Passive: Clara was dubbed “The Impossible Girl.”
Active: The Doctor dubbed Clara “The Impossible Girl.”

Passive: Young Time Lords are exposed to the Time Vortex.
Active: Elders expose young Time Lords to the Time Vortex.

Do you see in that last example how blame is removed, but the event is still made? It creates distance from the details of the event, yet if a Time Lord elder was telling the story, he might prefer the passive voice because it doesn’t mention who’s at fault. 

In scientific writing, passive voice is actually the standard because it creates a feeling of objectivity.

Passive: In a study that was conducted at Harvard, the results showed drastic improvement. 
Active: We conducted a study at Harvard which showed drastic improvement.

The passive voice leaves the scientists out of it, which is preferred in that setting. (See that use of passive voice there??)

In fiction, though, active voice should comprise 85-90% of your writing. Passive voice has its place, of course, but you should always be using intentionally.

Happy revising!


Weeping Angels and everything that sucks  about Steven Moffat Part 1

The Weeping Angels are fan favorite monsters, and this makes sense if you look at their first episode: Blink. But as time went on, as Moffat took over the show, the Weeping Angels got…sucky. And sucky in a way that I think really demonstrates some of the biggest flaws in Moffat as a writer.

Make sure you catch the conclusion in Part 2!

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Weeping Angels and everything that sucks  about Steven Moffat Part 2

Hello! Welcome back to my Moffat rant. We are going to pick up where we left off and start talking about the Angels Take Manhattan. Sigh. Ok, at this point, I was starting to burn out on Doctor Who. The Asylum of the Daleks was a really bad episode and really left a sour taste in my mouth about how Amy’s infertility was handled. We’d gotten a whole bunch of River Song episodes that revealed a lot of information about her, and really fumbled her all around. So I was, ya know, not being as forgiving any more. But let’s go on

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February 1st is Hourly Comic Book Day, and this year I decided to take part with something a little silly, and hopefully a little poignant, to mark the week Peter Capaldi announced he was leaving Doctor Who.

Here’s all 24 of the strips that I created and tweeted on the hour throughout the day!