Don’t be a koala in your writing

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Procrastination is my number one demon as a writer. Demon number two? T̵o̵o̵ ̵o̵f̵t̵e̵n̵,̵ ̵m̵y̵ ̵b̵l̵o̵g̵s̵ ̵a̵r̵e̵ ̵w̵r̵i̵t̵t̵e̵n̵ ̵i̵n̵ ̵t̵h̵e̵ ̵p̵a̵s̵s̵i̵v̵e̵ ̵v̵o̵i̵c̵e̵.̵ Too often, I write my blogs in the passive voice. It’s something I’m trying to fix.

If you, like me, have a bit of a passive voice problem (or if you’re wondering what the big deal is), don’t worry. Once you know what to spot, it’s pretty easy to fix. And your writing will be all the better for it.

Let’s take a look at what the passive voice is, why it’s (sometimes) a problem, and how to…

Rule #1 — don’t marry the fly

A close-up image of a fly blowing a bubble from its mouth
A close-up image of a fly blowing a bubble from its mouth
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I’m one of the lucky ones who write for a living. That means I’m also learning how to write every single day.

Recently, I signed up for a free trial on Skillshare. The very first class I took was led by author Kathy Fish, all about how to craft vivid, descriptive scenes.

For me, description is the most delicious part of writing. It’s a welcome interruption from wrangling with dialogue and plot, and it brings the characters and setting to life for your readers (and for you).

But writing vivid, creative descriptions that…

I don’t think I’m the only one


It might seem contradictory, but when I’m depressed, I find myself drawn to graveyards. Depression has long been associated with darkness and a pre-occupation with death, but when I’m feeling low, it’s peace and comfort that I find among the tombstones, not sadness.

When I was nine or ten years old, I often passed sleepless nights staring at the slats of my sister’s bunk above me, contemplating death. My own death, specifically. What would it be like to be dead, for all eternity?

My young mind conjured images of floating through space in total silence and isolation, trying to scream…

Lenny Butterfield

Creativity, wellbeing, and trying to live ethically in a messed up world.

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