Welcome back to word count Wednesdays. My apologies for missing last weeks. I remembered only too late to get one up for that day. Understand that what I post here are things that I’ve learned over the course of my own writing career.
I’d like to go over the difference between passive vs. active sentences. It is the difference between show vs tell. If your sentence is active then you are showing your reader what is going on in the story. Telling and your sentences are passive.
You mainly want your story to be written in active (show) status. It keeps your readers engaged and keeps the story moving along. However, that being said, there are times in which passive (tell) can be used effectively. To get rid of all passive sentences you’d end up with a lot of unnecessary information, flashbacks or fluff. So, instead, there is a time and place to use each of these techniques effectively.
If you need to add a brief section about history, it is best to tell about it. So, you can keep it brief and then get back to the action. That is the best time to use passive sentences. You can even use it to tell about your characters move from one place to the next if nothing happens along the journey and you simply need to get them from one point to another.
However, for the most part, when it comes to your writing it is best to keep it in active mode or show. You want your readers to be actively involved with your characters as much as possible. They will stay engaged and feel like they are a part of the world you are trying to create. You want to keep it active as much as possible. It’ll keep the story moving forward and you won’t hit parts where it lulls and peters out.
I hope this helps some of you with your own writing endeavors. Remember to L.O.L. (Live it, Own it, Love it) or it isn’t worth doing.