It\u2019s a widely accepted fact that active voice is better than passive, because it\u2019s direct and easy to read. Active voice has the subject acting upon something, while passive voice has the subject being acted upon. A subtle difference, but one that matters when it comes to coherency, quality, and word count. Here are some examples:\r\nActive\r\nHow do you find the right voice for your storytelling?Image Credit: Grant @ visual.dichotomy via Flickr Creative Commons.\r\n\r\nWe made a cake.\r\n\r\nJohnny ate the entire cake.\r\n\r\nAfter tea, we cleaned up the kitchen.\r\nPassive\r\nThe cake was made by us.\r\n\r\nThe entire cake was eaten by Johnny.\r\n\r\nThe kitchen was cleaned up after tea.\r\n***\r\nThese sentences may sound alright, but they\u2019re clearly different. The active sentences are stronger and clearer, with the subjects (\u2018we\u2019 and \u2018Johnny\u2019) acting upon things, rather than the inanimate subjects (\u2018the cake\u2019 and \u2018the kitchen\u2019) doing the acting.\r\n\r\nOnce you think you\u2019ve got that down, have a go at our writing prompt to test your writing skills.\r\nWrite and Re-write\r\nWrite a passage describing a character cooking dinner, and write it entirely in passive voice. This may feel weird and wrong while you\u2019re writing (because active voice is more natural) but be conscious of your sentence structure and get a paragraph or two out.\r\n\r\nNow re-write your passage sentence by sentence, only write in active voice this time. Your two passages will say exactly the same thing, but their effects will be vastly different.\r\n\r\nThis is a great prompt to train yourself into being conscious of your sentences, and the syntax that you use to structure them. Knowing the difference between active and passive (and when to use them appropriately) will strengthen your writing overall, and it\u2019s a nice technique to have under your belt.\r\n\r\nDon\u2019t forget to check out our other writing prompts for even more challenging exercises. Happy writing!