In Writing, don’t be a Passivist.

I found an interesting article written by a friend who is an editor on avoiding the Passive Voice in writing called Battling Passive Voice in Your Writing. (Note: the article did not deal with redundancy, so no comments about it here!)

A quick paragraph from the article is here:

If you’re understanding what passive voice is, then it should be pretty easy to understand that using it in your story significantly deflates its energy. When your subject is just waiting around for something to be done to it, it isn’t very interesting. People like to read about the thing that’s taking action. When “Mike shot the bank robber,” he becomes a hero, but when “the bank robber was shot by Mike,” he’s just another statistic. Bottom line, if you want to put your readers to sleep, write in passive voice; if you want them skipping bedtime to flip more pages, avoid it.

So let me ask you: Is passive voice in your writing a problem? Have you noticed it? How does this article speak to you. I had never thought about the idea that passive voice highlights the recipient of the action, not the one doing things. Very thoughtful article!

I commented thusly on the original blog: I think it’s fairly simple: you do what it takes to tell the story! I love the Dirk Pitt Novels. All of them have prologues unless things have changed in the last year. If a prologue helps you tell your story, then use a prologue. If it doesn’t, then don’t. I could be entirely wrong, but if successful authors are using prologues and it helps the story, why take advice from someone who may not like them?” So what do y’all think? Can we get a discussion going?

The Dark Mind of Blondmyk

I recently read an article on Writer’s Digest regarding the subject of prologues.  They suggest that the prologue is a retired writing style and that most likely I wouldn’t want to use it in todays writing community.  This creates a big problem for me.

Being a writer of paranormal based materials, usually a small portion of my novels take place in the past.  Some sort of horrible murder, or perhaps a witches action may create a problem or cast a spell that will come to fruition at some point in the future.  In my mind, this creates a need for a prologue.  Or does it?

How does one include a scene in ones novel regarding the history of an inanimate object or something else of the like that no one is still alive to relay the story of?  I suppose that it could be written in history books, or in…

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