Beethovenfan wrote:Oh man. Polymath, I can't even think about static voice. I'm still going through and editing for too much passive. But thanks for the heads up. Perhaps my simple mind can look for both at once. :/
However, I must add that going through and editing for passive voice has helped me make things much clearer. (Is it clearer or more clear? Ughh!)
Static voice like passive voice is problematic when clarity is compromised. I'm considering a post on static voice, what it is, when it's problematic, when it's artful, whys and wherefores and how-tos and such, with ample examples.
The number one writing principle is writing for reading ease, Bar none. Clarity is certainly an attribute of reading ease. Clarity, though, balances against artfully ambiguous reporting, so readers can interpret subtext meaning. What's clear enough though artfully ambiguous depends on audience sensibilities.
"Much clearer," "more clear, or "much more clear" are all clear, concise, and easily read and understood, just with different degrees of attitude emphasis. Voice. The latter example feels to me the strongest voice, the middle the softest voice, the first a medium voice.
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