When I new submission comes to my desk, I look for various elements in the story as I read. One of the more important techniques is active writing.
So what’s the difference between active writing and passive writing? Passive writing does not necessarily mean using passive verbs, though overuse of passive verbs contributes to passive writing. Active writing moves forward with strong, lively, energetic verbs and eschews common, weak verbs.
For more discussion and examples of strong verbs and active writing, check out the following blog posts.
Smothered Verbs—turn nouns into verbs
Copulative Verbs—Not So Sexy
Expletive Pronouns it and there
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