Passive voice is often seen as a sign of bad writing. But is it?

Writing Rules Explained: Don’t Use Passive Voice

I have a plug-in on my website that constantly tells me to rewrite my content because I use passive voice too much. If I were to import my content into an online text analyser, I’d get the same result. “Don’t use passive voice” is a rule that you can bet appears on probably just about … Read more

Every Friday I read the first chapter of a book I've never read before to see what I can learn about writing great first chapters. Here's what I learnt in August 2016.

First Chapter Friday #5 (August 2016)

Don’t know what #FirstChapterFriday is? A Court of Thorns and Roses, Sarah J. Maas Engaging first sentence? No, not particularly. I’m finding a lot of books that use the first line to describe setting. While I appreciate being thrown into the scene straight away, I’m more interested in what is happening than where it’s happening. … Read more

The problem with passive voice is that it's clunky, vague,  ineffective and sounds as awkward and baffling as stream water flowing backwards up a mountain. These things are true a lot of the time, and yes active is mostly preferable to passive. Yet, here I am saying that sometimes passive voice is better.

3 Ways to Effectively Use Passive Voice

Active voice tells us the subject is doing the action (The dog chased the cat). Passive voice tells us that the subject is having the the action done to it (The cat was chased by the dog). Easy enough to understand in theory, but confusing and frowned upon nonetheless. The problem with passive voice is that … Read more