I didn’t find this quiz difficult at all. All of the responses I wrote in relation to the questions were more or less identical to the ‘correct’ answers outlined.
I think this quiz definitely highlighted a point of difference between writing styles that I find very interesting. Academic writing for the most part is concerned with the use of passive writing, and avoiding ‘absolute’ statements (UNC 2015). Academic writing is concerned with carefully constructing sentences which appropriately reference the ideas and findings of others, all the while creating a well-supported argument of your own.
In direct contrast, media writing is all about using active writing, clearly defined points and simple easy to understand sentences (Hamilton University 2015). Focused on key information and ‘newsworthiness’ media writing cuts to what matters – rather than the academic writing tendency to wade back and forth between findings and other scholarly suggestions.
While I didn’t struggle through this quiz by any means, it really highlighted to me how to I do have that tendency towards a passive style of writing. It’s a good mental note for me to take – especially in the coming weeks as I review my blog for submission. My goal from here on out is to review each of my posts to make sure I am using that active writing style the media genre favours.
Business Writing Centre 1997, ‘Passive and active voice’, viewed 4 September 2015, http://www.businesswriting.com/tests/activepassive.htm
Hamilton University 2015, ‘The seven deadly sins of writing’, viewed 4 September 2015, https://www.hamilton.edu/writing/seven-sins-of-writing/the-first-deadly-sin-passive-voice
University of North Carolina (UNC) 2015, ‘Passive voice’, viewed 4 September 2015, http://writingcenter.unc.edu/handouts/passive-voice/