There are many rules that can be difficult to follow when writing, and one of the most commonly complained about is passive voice. The Authors and I discuss whether we personally struggle with this problem and what we do to avoid it today. ^_~
The passive voice is something authors are often told not to use. But what exactly is the passive voice? Here’s a simple example.
Passive voice: The door was opened by John.
Active voice: John opened the door.
When you look at the two sentences, the active voice seems more dynamic. There’s actual movement. The passive voice is talking more about the door rather than John. In active, someone does something. For passive, something is done to something by someone or something. But is it something we should avoid using? Obviously, it shouldn’t be used when action is the focus of a scene. This week, we talk about the passive voice.
Question 133 – Do you find it difficult not to use passive voice? What advice would you give to writers who have this difficulty?
I do slip into it sometimes for reasons I can’t explain. I suppose for…
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