Writing is amazing! There is nothing quite like piecing together details and stringing them into a successful story that draws readers in. Writing is such a wonderful way to hone creativity and add beauty and understanding to the world. I LOVE to write! And most of the time, I feel like I’m pretty good at it. It can be hard for me to get started, but I love the times when I get lost in my work.
Unfortunately, I am also very, VERY insecure, both about myself and my writing.
Last week in our weekly Writing Through Brambles meeting we held a passive voice clinic. Each of us sought out passive sentences from our current works in progress and obliterated them. By the end of the night, we each felt so energized and inspired, I thought it would be awesome to invite you to join a mini clinic here with us. I will post the discussions we had and the problems we worked through so you can edit right alongside us! So whip out your work in progress and get ready to improve your writing!
Why is passive writing such a detrimental thing? Author Bree Moore shared this article with the group if you'd like further reading, but essentially it comes down to two crucial facts. First, writing in a passive voice pulls your readers out of the action. Active voice will put your reader in your characters shoes and make them feel enveloped in the story.
I attended my last two writing conferences with a baby strapped to my chest. It terrified me and added a decent amount of anxiety. I pictured him crying inconsolably while other attendees glared at me for selfishly ruining their learning opportunity. It took a lot of deep breaths, and a good pep talk to convince myself that just because I was a mother did not mean I also had to be stuck at home. I had talents, I deserved to learn, and I was also a capable mother who could take care of her child in a public setting. So, off I went.
The bravery to go didn’t come on its own, though. I am lucky enough to have a wonderful support group. The girls at Writing Through Brambles are passionate about motherhood and their writing, and believe the two go hand in hand. This belief has led us to create an anthology centered on mothers called Beyond Instinct.
We're all writers, we're all moms, writing our way through the "brambles" of life and our stories.