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Margo Upson
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Writer, Editor, Marketing Consultant, Unrepentant Iced Coffee Addict.
Writer, Editor, Marketing Consultant, Unrepentant Iced Coffee Addict.

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What is Home Grown? ‪#‎community‬ ‪#‎artists‬ ‪#‎culture‬ ‪#‎performance‬ ‪#‎celebration‬ 
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Are you searching for your niche, in transition and or reinventing yourself? You should read +Margo Upson's  latest blog.
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#WorkflowMonday Be sure to learn something new today!!!
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A few months from now, I'm launching a website that will help authors find the pre-publishing professionals they need to bring their books from draft to done. I'm really excited about it! 

In the mean time, I'm going to be offering marketing services for authors at a discounted price. If you're looking for help creating your marketing strategy, someone to analyze your current efforts and make some recommendations, or even a new website, give this a look. 

The service section of my website is launching on Friday. If you place your order before the end of September, you can get 15% off your order (code: SEPT15). There's also a referral program that gives you credit towards future purchases.

Want more information? Visit: http://writerathome.com/author-marketing-services/
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#Writer? This might resonate with you... 
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One hour and twenty minutes until Camp NaNoWriMo begins! I have my outline ready, a pot of tea buzzing through my system, and both girls are sound asleep. Come on, midnight. I'm ready to write! 
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I wanted to share this story because I believe it is getting swallowed by other news stories. Recently 276 girls were abducted from their school in Nigeria. Although some promises have been made for international support, no actions have actually taken place yet except by the Nigerian government, even though it is suspected that many of the girls have already been brought past Nigerian borders. It is appalling how the media has the power to decide which issues we focus on based on their constant coverage, or lack thereof. I believe they have too much power in deciding what is important to us, but now with the great force that is social media, we can take this power back. So share this story, do your own research until people can see this issue for the devastation that it is.
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Challenge accepted! (And if you asked my husband, he'd probably say mission accomplished...)
“Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.” ― Dr. Seuss

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Powtoons is adding slides (a powerpoint alternative). I can't wait to give it a try. I just tried out PowToon for the first time this weekend, and I'm looking forward to seeing what they come up with next. 
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ZOMBIES!

Also, this is great advice and I don't want to lose it. 
Why Zombies changed my life.

Passive voice is something many writers just don't understand. They don't understand why passive voice is considered bad, nor do they understand how to go about fixing it.

Let me say this again, "Zombies changed my writing life."

It's very simple to detect passive voice. If you can include 'by zombies' following the verb or the verb modifiers, you have passive voice.

Note: The form of 'by' here is done by not location. She was sitting is active voice, because the use of by zombies is a location, NOT an action.

I was smacked.
My face was pressed against the rough bark of a tree.

I was smacked... by zombies!
My face was pressed against the rough bark of a tree.... by zombies!

These sentences are passive.

Carl smacked me. 
I ran into a tree.

I was attacked... by zombies!
I was angry.... by zombies? No! That doesn't work. Therefor, not passive! The subject, me, is something -- angry!

Was is not an indicator of passive voice. It is a state of being and existence. Don't mix the two.

Passive voice is when an unknown subject does something to a character.

The inclusion of 'by zombies' means you have an unknown subject in the wilds, thus you're writing in passive voice.

Active voice is when someone is actively doing something.

Carl smacked me.

Carl is doing something -- actively -- to me.

I ran into a tree.

Not a good move on my part, but -- I am the one who is doing this painful action!

These are active voice examples.

Now, here's the funny thing about passive voice: It isn't always bad. Sometimes, it works best to use a passive voice. It's a tool like any other, but you want to use it intentionally and rarely.

Eliminating every sentence because it is passive may not be the best decision -- if you have a situation where the character doesn't know who is doing it for example, the use of a passive sentence might be the best option. But, as a general rule, passive voice slows the pace of the story. It puts your characters at arm's length from your readers.

Active writing is active reading.

If you want to slow the pace a little, on purpose, a passive sentence or two can provide a good method to do so -- if you intentionally use it as a tool, not as an accident.

Stories written in the active voice read better.

But if you can't slip in by zombies, it isn't passive.

That said, if by zombies is already there, it is STILL passive, sorry! Adding by zombies does not an active sentence make -- rewrite it better and stronger!
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