ANCIENT WISDOM AND PASSIVE VOICE

5 03 2014

When people ask me about the dreaded passive voice . . . 

I share the timeless wisdom of TAI CHI . . .

 

Passive voice is best reserved for those scenes in fiction where you wish to immerse the reader in the story

When your point-of-view character is 

 

Terrified,

Anguished,

Immobile,

 

Clueless,

Helpless, or . . . 

Intoxicated

 

For those times when events seem to just unfold of their own accord, taking the protagonist by surprise and just sweeping them off into the unknown. I suppose this could occasionally be something that the protagonist finds pleasant, like a carefully planned surprise party . . . but more often, it’s shocking, demoralizing, confusing, or just plain creepy.

 

Use sparingly. 

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