If you’re struggling with understanding “active versus passive” sentences, I’m here to help with three simple tips. Writing in a passive tone is common, even for experienced writers, but it can be relatively easy to fix.
3 Tips To Make Your Sentences More Active
How Do You Apply These Tips?
These tips won’t magically make your book the next best seller, but it will improve your work tremendously. There are a few examples below that turn a passive sentence into a more active one. These sentences aren’t the most attractive, but they’ll help you have a better understanding.
1. Removing was and were
It’s common to write passive sentences during your first draft, but as you revise your manuscript, take these tips into consideration. Do a quick “search” of your document for the aforementioned words and phrases. If the search turns up too many results, preventing you from viewing them all, then do a separate search chapter by chapter.
While editing a client’s manuscript, it’s easy for me to catch passive mistakes, and it happens more often than you think (even in my own drafts). Good luck with your writing endeavors!
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