Last week we reviewed what passive voice is. Here‘s why it‘s not the best thing to use in your writing.
The opposite of the passive voice is the active voice. A sentence in the active voice is structured traditionally: Subject, verb, object. Beth stubbed her toe. John loves pie. Harry hates country music.
Using the passive voice instead of the active voice weakens the sentences, and makes them less graceful. The toe was stubbed by Beth. Pie is loved by John. Country music is hated by Harry. Awkward, right?
When the agent that is performing the action is the most important part of the sentence, use the active voice. Beth, John, and Harry are all agents in these examples, and so using the active voice is the way to go.
Take fifteen minutes and describe a typical morning for a character. Use the active voice to describe their daily routine. Post your practice in the comments, and leave comments on your fellow writers’ work.