One of the most common errors people make is writing in passive voice. This slows down the action of your story and should be avoided as much as possible. How do I recognize passive voice you ask? Passive voice always consists of a form of “be” and the past tense of the verb Placing “had” or “have been” in front of your verbs is a quick way to recognize passive. For example, The squirrels had been barked at by the dogs. (passive voice) The dog barked at the squirrels. (Active voice -much more clean and it moves the action of the dog into the present and moves the story forward).
In Active Voice the subject acts
In Passive Voice the subject is acted upon.
Only use passive voice when the actor (subject) is unimportant or unknown.
Please add your tips for recognizing and dealing with passive voice.
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