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

Teresa (Tessa) Smeigh at 60 plus is still going strong despite her disabilities affecting both physical and mental abilities. She has bipolar disorder (mental), Fibromyalgia (nerves), degenerative disc disease (spine), and arthritis (joints). Her new journey's include Diabetes controlled by insulin. She is also working on 2 fiction books (mysteries). The books will probably never be finished. She keeps her blog filled with useful content, occasional devotionals (She is a Christian), stories and poems. Plenty to keep you busy. She has also been interviewed by blogs and had other posts published on many different blogs. She is from Southern, NJ. Her family and blog keep her busy.
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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.


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  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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