|Kathy Charmaz Qualitative Research Workshop in Brisbane, September 2017|
Kathy has white hair, standing just behind the guy on his knees - I am behind Kathy, just to the right
Kathy talked a lot about the use of strong nouns and verbs and using them to build description. She stated we should reduce the verb 'to be' and passive constructions to about 10% of the page. So....the problem is...how do I identify a 'passsive verb or construction'?
Passive voice definition from From Dictionary.com
verbs ( active voice ). subjectActive voice definition
verbs ( passive voice ). subjectok....... so here's one trick......taking my revised memo (as shared in last weeks blog post)
I ran it through Expresso - a tool to edit texts and improve writing style.
Out of 130 words 16.2% are verbs - as shown by highlighting here. It also tells me that only TWO verbs are weak - 'happen' on line 4, and 'do' line 11.
There was no 'passive voice per sentence' - yay!
This is interesting - rare words! (of sophisticated and intellectual quality?? I wonder?)
If nothing else, Expresso helps me to actually see the sentence and paragrpah structure through a new lens. Did I realise the word 'attitude' has been used in three consectuive sentences? Or that the word stem 'collabor' appears 3 times?
What other tools are out there? I wonder HOW I can effectively run larger sections of my thesis through this tool? I am thinking the more I do this, the deeper understanding I will have and good wordsmithing becomes second nature. I will not be passive about this :-)
PhD student....'to be' advised