Passive Voice?

Passive voice is the bane of a writer’s existence. I’m sure everyone has gotten that mark across their writing “Your voice is passive” whether it’s from an editor, a peer, or a teacher. But really, what is passive voice?

The easiest explanation for it is when you don’t know who is doing the action. And this page from How to Write the Story is one of the best examples of how to fix passive voice.

Not only is it fun and amusing (zombies people!), but it clearly and succinctly explains passive voice. With examples and even including tweetables, this is probably the most straightforward example of the difference between active and passive voice that I have ever seen.

What do you think of passive voice? Is it something you find yourself using in your writing? Or do you try to avoid it?

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