Sunday, April 6, 2008

Passive Voice, Words to Avoid, etc.

For your paper, I'm looking for you to fix some reoccurring stylistic problems.

1) Reduce your usage of passive voice. Use this website as your guide. We will go over this in class, but here is your reference.

2) Avoid the following weak words and vague phrases:

good, bad, nice, kinda or kind of, seems, totally, a lot, 'in conclusion', sort of, "word choice", "similar, yet different", "stuff", "deeper meaning"

3) Write in the present tense. Yes, this book is old and the action is during the French Revolution; however, your paper is current and it needs to be written in the present.

Best of luck.