Monday, January 23, 2012

ACTIVE VOICE...

Figuring out how to use "active" voice correctly is one of my goals for this year. Luckily I have some wonderful crit partners to help me out. I have finally figured out how to recognize it in an MS so I know it needs to  be fixed, but I haven't quite mastered HOW to fix it! It's a curse!

But fear not - I have set out to find some links that will help with this problem and I wanted to share them with you.

Daily Writing Tips - (This one is simple & easy to understand.)
Writing to Get Things Done - by Stan Berry (Business stuff, but actually helpful for us too!)

These are all very helpful and easy to understand links. I know I still have learning and work to do on this, but I found these links very helpful and I hope you do too!
Did you, or do you, find it hard to master active voice?

39 comments:

Cassie Mae said...

Yay! Thanks for the links :) And active voice wasn't my nemesis really in past tense. Occasionally, there was a few passive things in there, but in present tense... I've found passive voice littered throughout the sucker. Maybe it's because I was looking (ha, passive!) for a 'was' and not an 'is', lol.

Juliana said...

Thanks for the links!
One of my biggest problem is active/passive voice.
Here here to learning how to use it correctly this year!

Theresa said...

Awesome! Thanks for the links. I have a real habit of using passive voice. I'm aware of it now thanks to my CP, Kelley, but even still I fall into it. It's a really bad habit.

Sheri Doyle said...

As I revise my YA novel, I am on the lookout for this too - thanks for the reminder and the links!

Kathryn Elliott said...

Complete nightmare! Thx for the links!

Samantha said...

Yeah it's definitely tough. Thanks for the links!

Nicole Zoltack said...

Passive voice isn't always a bad thing but for the most part, I try to have my stories be as active as possible.

Jenny S. Morris said...

Thanks, I will have to check these out. I just got a note on my MS that told me to watch out for this. So I really needed to figure out how to find it and fix it.

Emily R. King said...

Grammar Girl is a God. I love her books and website. Thanks for the links, Leigh!

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I love active voice. Reading a book in passive voice makes me want to pull my hair out.

Ruth Josse said...

Thank you! I still have so much to learn...

Hope Roberson said...

These are awesome links Leigh! Thanks for sharing and I desperately need to cruise through my ms to catch any lingering passive voice :)

J. A. Bennett said...

This is something I have trouble with as well! Thanks for the links :)

Angela Cothran said...

Mastering active voice is a great goal! I may need to follow suite. I love Grammar Girl. I wish I was that smart :)

Miranda Hardy said...

Sometimes it is tricky to "master" active voice. I find myself gap mouthed, trying to word things perfectly. Ugh.

Small Town Shelly Brown said...

What a great goal!
My goal is to not quit ;)
It's an honorable goal as well.

Thanks for the link, Leigh, I'll be checking those out

Cristina said...

oh the pesky passive voice! Sometimes it can be really tricky to find.. but your links are awesome! thanks lady :)

Melanie Fowler said...

Thank goodness you can teach me, oh wise master of the active voice!

Sarah Pearson said...

Definitely one of my bugbears, I'll have to check out these links later. Thanks Leigh :-)

S.P. Bowers said...

It's something I have to be constantly watching. I guess if I want active voice I have to be active about fighting for it.

Tasha Seegmiller said...

This is a good element to highlight because so many of us slip into passive voice and don't realize it. Great post.

L.G.Smith said...

The active voice rules! I don't mind a little passive voice here and there to perhaps give something a little emphasis, but ninety percent of the time it just bogs everything down and sucks the life right out of the sentences.

Thanks for the links.

David P. King said...

I figured out a way for Word to tell me which sentences are passive. Reworked those sentences until they were active. Do that long enough, and you'll be amazed how little passive sentences you write. :)

Shallee said...

I had trouble with this, too. I've usually found that when I do slip into it now, if I completely rewrite the sentence so it's structured differently, not only do I avoid passive voice, I find a much better way to say what I want!

Jessie Humphries said...

What is passive voice? Never heard of it! *rolls eyes nervously*

Tara Tyler said...

excellent links, as always, so helpful!
thanks!

JEFritz said...

Yeah, I definitely struggle with it. Like you, I'm at the point where I recognize it but don't quite know how to get rid of it. Great links. Thanks :)

Patricia T. said...

Great post Leigh! Liked David's suggestion a lot. Also love your new blog look, farm and all. Cool!

Kelley said...

Haha. No worries Theresa. That's what I'm here for!! :)

Kelley said...

I find that I write in passive voice, not a lot, be definitely too much in my first drafts. When I go back I hit my head at the unnecessary ones. Luckily my head isn't usually too red by the end :)

Trisha said...

I do occasionally slip in to passive voice, though not in as obvious a way as "tomorrow night a movie will be watched and popcorn will be eaten by Ben." haha. It's quite easy to fall into the trap though.

The Writing Hour. said...

I don't think I have too mcuh of a problem with it, although I think it might help because I already write in present tense. I just plan to clean it up and make sure it's all active in edits of the first draft.

Kristin Baker Przybyla said...

I'm reading a book series that I actually enjoy a lot, but the author has a real problem preferring passive voice over active. His favorite word is "was," and it really shows in all aspects of his writing.

Yvie Gonya said...

Thank you, these links are fantastic! It's always been a problem for me--it was first pointed out when I was in sixth grade. I'm in college, still haven't gotten it down yet. But thanks, these helped!

Lara Schiffbauer said...

Yay-Links! I am continuously fighting myself to keep things active. Early on in writing, I borrowed the Curious Case of the Misplaced Modifier from the library, and the exercises in there were very helpful for teaching me the difference, but it's so easy to revert into passive. I think I'm lazy when I do that. It seems harder to keep things active. Thanks again for the links!

Jenny Sulpizio said...

Ooh, awesome! Thanks so much for the links. I must go and check them out!!!

Katie Dodge said...

Oh, passive voice... I love being able to catch it now, because it was a major problem for me in the beginning. Now I love to know what to look for as I write.

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