I am reading Stephen King’s On Writing and loving it. I read half of it about a year and a half ago then stopped. I am now at the same place I stopped eighteen months ago. The place he describes active and passive voice and tells us to not use passive voice.
I don’t really understand the difference between active and passive voice. I know I use passive voice because my word processor alerts me when my sentences are passive but I’m never sure how to fix the sentence.
King speculates that timid writers use passive voice. I think he is correct. I think I am a timid writer. I am a timid everything. I think that writing in the passive voice is akin to not wanting to hurt anyone’s feelings.
I plan on trying to write in the active voice (was the previous phrase active or passive? I can’t tell) as much as I can. You will tell me if I slip?
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I may be too passive to tell you!
Dona, I am also guilty of this. I try to be more active, but the passive slips in. I frequently mix them, along with tenses and everything else that shouldn’t be mixed, and then have a terrible job trying to correct it all.
I will aggressively point out when you are being too passive.