Nov 13, 2020
You’ve had English teachers and editors ask you to use the active voice rather than the passive voice when writing. When presented with two sentences, one passive and one active, we almost always choose the active. So why do we keep writing our drafts in the passive voice?
Our minds default repeatedly to seeing people as passive rather than active participants, in things large and small. We habitually avert our eyes and words from stating a direct cause. We’ve created strong passive habits.
This plays out in your writing, but also in the choices you make off the page/screen. Are you a consumer (passive) or a creator (active)? Are you making things happen in your writing life or waiting for them to happen to you?
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