Writing Basics

Passive Voice to Active Voice

Passive Voice

Passive Voice –  the dreaded phrase used by SEO and English teachers (but lately SEO) to tell me to rearrange my sentences to make my blog posts “Green Light” friendly.

SEO stands for search engine optimization which basically means making your webpage visible to search engines such as Google to increase traffic to your website.

What is Active Voice, but the opposite of Passive which SEO wants me to achieve?

Voice refers to the relationship between the subject and the verb.

If the subject performs the action the verb is active voice.

Example: James closed the door.

James – DOER OF ACTION

closed – ACTION

door – RECEIVER OF ACTION

If the subject is acted upon, the verb is passive.

Example: The door was closed by James.-

door – RECEIVER OF ACTION

was closed – ACTION

James – DOER OF ACTION

Active voice is tighter, more vigorous when writing.

Passive voice is useful when you don’t know who the subject is or don’t want to take the blame. (Insert political joke here).

Look for IS, WAS, ARE, WERE in sentences using passive voice and replace with specific ACTION VERBS to make ACTIVE VOICE instead of passive voice sentences.

I have taken a previous post from November 14 Fire Alarm Fears, which SEO flagged as having passive voice sentences. I’ve listed the original and then shown ACTIVE VOICE replacement.

I was still very much a night owl. PASSIVE

I am a night owl. ACTIVE

 

As I was pulling up the covers, I looked over and

     saw the blinking red light of death. PASSIVE

         I pulled up the covers, looking at the blinking

               red light of death. ACTIVE

 

Let’s just say, I slept downstairs that night

alone and was sadly disappointed in myself. PASSIVE 

I slept downstairs last night,

disappointed in myself. ACTIVE

Active voice makes writing feel more engaging and alive, but it can be difficult to make sure passive voice doesn’t sneak in. These tips can help you identify passive voice and change to active voice. This will help your writing and give your SEO a boost for your webpage views.

Amazon also several books on this subject if you’re looking for more information. Link here. One of the novels was an eBook and is free for Kindle Unlimited members. Otherwise, it was under a dollar. A good deal!

Until next time, may God’s grace surround you,

passive voice

Book Dragon Report

A Quantum Case for God Book Review

I chose A Quantum Case for God by Dennis Zetting for January’s New Beginnings theme because Zetting’s book explains how God created the Universe in Genesis through Quantum Physics and String Theory. It was an amazing read and I spent most of the time reading it, absolutely amazed at God’s wonderful power and gaining more insight into the Bible. God laid all of that knowledge into the Bible for us before the beginning of time. Even with what we know with all our knowledge, we are just now grasping the laws of physics, God had the laws of quantum physics written by men who didn’t know Newton’s Laws of Gravity. Just another wonderful sign of God’s sense of humor.

A Quantum Case for God

Dennis Zetting, Author

Quantum Physics/String Theory/God

194 pages

Quantum Physics
Front and Back Cover of A Quantum Case for God by Dennis Zetting

Target Audience would be some general science background including Quantum Physics, and/or atheists, believers in the big bang, and creationists, believers in God.

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Website: www.quantumcreation.net

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The author’s goal with this book was to connect Quantum & String Physics, newer sciences that explore more than what we can see, hear, and touch, with God, proving He exists. Zetting breaks down the science of light, the big bang, vibrations, and more through real-world examples and Bible verses to connect the Bible and God through science.

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Devotions

Starting Over when it’s Not My Idea…

Starting Over

Fresh Start, Redo, Starting Over… It sounds good when it’s your idea. But when it isn’t your idea, well that’s a different story.

Starting over when someone decides they don’t love you anymore… The job you are working at doesn’t work out… Or God tells you to move when you’re perfectly content where you are…

None of these fresh starts sound fun. They don’t fit into anyone’s plans.

But that doesn’t mean they don’t fit into God’s plans.

He knows they serve a purpose. His purpose.

God knew the heartache was coming. The layoff was on its way. The breakup. Even the guy who swerved in front of you, causing you to be late for the important meeting.

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