“Was” isn’t your enemy—here’s what passive voice is really all about

Posted September 22, 2016 by Amanda Shofner in Editing Myths
“Was” isn’t your enemy—here’s what passive voice is really all about

Hearing the advice that “was” is passive voice never fails to set my eye twitching. “Was” (or “were”) by itself isn’t passive voice. Does it signal weak writing? Sure. An excessive use of “was” means your verb use lacks variety—and it’s often a sign of telling, not showing. When I reviewed six automatic editing tools for […]

Fall 2016 Bloggiesta starting point and to-dos

Posted September 15, 2016 by Amanda Shofner in Bloggiesta
Fall 2016 Bloggiesta starting point and to-dos

Oh, Bloggiesta. It’s been too long since we last met. If you’re unfamiliar with Bloggiesta, I’ll let them explain: In short, Bloggiesta is a blogging marathon revolving around ticking off those items on your to-do list and improving your blog while in the good company of other awesome bloggers doing the same thing. Our awesome […]

We adopted a dog six months ago. This is our story.

Posted September 12, 2016 by Amanda Shofner in Dogs are magical
We adopted a dog six months ago. This is our story.

We’re six months into owning being owned by a dog. And although my Instagram became overrun with dog pictures and I eventually gave Scarlet her own Instagram account, I haven’t yet told her story. Or what I know of her story. Give me that, human. I want it. #dogstagram #dogsofinstagram #adogslife #dogdays #rescueismyfavoritebreed #rescuedogsofinstagram #adoptdontshop #rescuedog A […]