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100 Word Challenge – Week #51

The challenge: to write 104 words including:

…. the line was drawn ….

Julia said this was simple, but I found it hard to decide what to write until I remembered the way we had to write up science experiments at school. And the green squiggly lines that appear whenever I use the passive voice.

The Experiment

Aim: To draw a straight line.

Tools: Pencil, paper, ruler, sharpener.

Method: The pencil was inserted into the sharpener and turned until it was sharpened. The paper was placed on a flat surface, the ruler was placed on the paper and the pencil was placed against the ruler. Keeping the pencil adjacent to the ruler, the line was drawn.

Result: The paper was found to contain a straight line.

Conclusion: It is assumed that a straight line can always be drawn in this way.

Evaluation: Passive voice has been used throughout this write-up. Unhappiness has been felt by a certain word processor.

If you want to have a go, click on the picture.

By Miriam Drori

Author, editor, attempter of this thing called life. Social anxiety warrior. Cultivating a Fuji, edition 3, a poignant, humorous and uplifting tale, published with Ocelot Press, January 2023.

26 replies on “100 Word Challenge – Week #51”

I was only thinking of the message from Word: “Passive voice, consider revising.” (I know I could change the settings to stop it doing that.) Thank you 🙂

WordPress is playing up and doesn’t seem to realise that I am me, So it’s forcing me to be original by sending my “Thank you” comments to spam. And all I wanted to say was: Thank you 🙂

I had a similar problem at the weekend. For some reason I had to moderate all my own replies to comments made to my submissions. I eliminated the problem by using the ‘clear cache’ option on the computer and it’s OK now.

All spamless comments are welcome.

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