August 16

Birthdays: Wallace Thurman (1902), William Maxwell (1908), Charles Bukowski (1920), Diana Wynne Jones (1937)

Tip: Passive vs. active voice: active voice (preferred) is when the subject of the sentence is doing something while passive is where the thing is having something done to it. Active: John threw the ball. Passive: the ball was thrown by John. Active voice gives your writing more impact.

Thought for the day: “Getting published is about sheer perseverance, as well as about talent and hard work.” – Martha Johnson

Jumpstart: You hate parties but must attend one coming up because it’s in your honor. What did you do? What happens?

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