If you’ve been writing for very long, you’ve likely already heard this advice: use the active voice. But do you know why you should?
- defines active vs. passive voice
- why you should use active voice more often than passive voice
- when using passive voice may be preferable
- and how to eradicate passive voice
- The Elements of Style by Strunk and White
- “A scary-easy way to help you find passive voice!” on the Grammarly blog
- This hilarious comic strip (if you’re an editor) about using the zombie trick, by editor Iva Cheung
- “When to Use the Passive Voice” from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Writing Center blog
- “‘Mistakes were made’: detecting the sneaky passive voice” at TheConversation.
- and Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts by Tavris and Aronson.
Don’t forget to join me for one or both of these upcoming events:
- “Should I self-publish or seek traditional publishing?” is a three-hour seminar I’m leading through Writing Workshops Dallas on Sunday, Feb. Feb. 18 from 3–6 p.m. It’s open to both Dallas-area writers and via live stream to anyone in the world.
- “Auntie M’s Greasless Guide to Self-Promotion” by Tex Thompson is our featured topic and speaker at our next Dallas Nonfiction Authors Association meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Yeager Office Suites in Plano. It is only open to Dallas-area writers.