Writing Prompt – “passive vs active voice” – (non-fiction)

For Friday’s writing prompt, a short challenge. Below are three fairly generic passive phrases. Your goal is to make them active in a short scene, either fiction or non-fiction. You can choose one, two, or all three to play with, but you only have 100 words.

  1. [he/she/I] was devastated by […]
  2. [feeling] was experienced by […]
  3. [person/thing] was possessed by […]

Passive vs Active Voice

During my childhood I experienced fear many times. In this particular instance I was in my teens and came out of my bedroom and headed towards the stairs to go down. Directly in my path was a full-length mirror. You couldn’t help but look into it as you went past and turned left towards the stairway.

There was something different with the mirror that day. As I stared in horror, I realized that it wasn’t my reflection in the mirror, but that of a teenaged boy of another era. A ghost possessed my mirror. I fled down the stairs.


About Tessa

My name is Tessa Dean and I am an author and blogger. My writing styles vary and I love writing using prompts. I am also writing my first book, a Memoir entitled "Government Property - A Memoir of a Military Wife".  This is being published on the blog rather than the traditional way. I am putting up chapters as I go along. I keep my blog filled with useful content, stories, and poems. Plenty to keep you busy. I have also been interviewed by blogs and had other posts published on many different blogs. I also wrote a series of articles on Bipolar Disorder for IBPF (International Bipolar Foundation). I am in my 60’s and disabled which allows me plenty of time to write to my heart’s content. I live in southern New Jersey and have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. My oldest grandchild is a Sargent in the United States Marine Corps.
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15 Responses to Writing Prompt – “passive vs active voice” – (non-fiction)

  1. jannatwrites says:

    Yes, a possessed mirror would be terrifying. I’d run, too 🙂


  2. bgildea says:

    Haha! That was great. A really creative us of the prompts. I would love to see more… 🙂


  3. Suzanne says:

    Oh my, creepy! Good job!

    One tiny misplaced comma: “You couldn’t help but look” doesn’t need the comma after the word help!


    • Tessa says:

      Thank you Suzanne! I usually write in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep and obviously can’t proof read either LOL! Thanks for the heads up and reading. Have to remember to correct that.


  4. Oh I loved this. I freeze like an opossum though, I probably would not have bolted. 🙂 Excellent use of the prompt!


    • Tessa says:

      Thank you! Since this is based on a real story, I know I bolted. I also never looked in that mirror again which was quite a feat since I had to pass that mirror many times before I moved out of that house. It is a wonder I never fell down those stairs in my haste to avoid that mirror. 🙂


  5. Oh! It’s a true story? How terrifying. We live in an old house, and I am now so pleased we don’t have a mirror on the staircase.


  6. Wisper says:

    How creepy scary! I love your description of that moment. I’d love to see what you could do with this as the start to a longer fiction piece.


  7. Pingback: Writing Prompt – WOE – June 22, 2012 – “passive vs active voice” | Tessa Can Do IT!

  8. Tessa says:

    Reblogged this on and commented:

    This is non-fiction and belongs over here.


  9. Myndrover says:

    Love it! I reblogged and wrote one myself.

    Liked by 1 person

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