Almost a year ago I started making blog posts and YouTube videos to share my journey to publication and provide writing tips along the way.
Many of those posts were born out of necessity--they were things I’ve researched as I grew as a writer and figured I would share what I learned with you all.
There’s a never-ending pool of videos to do, partly because there’s things I’m still learning about writing.
I’ve learned three major things since beginning the beta process for my novel.
I use too many filler words.
My descriptions are lacking.
I subconsciously love passive voice.
My writing problems benefit you, because after my betas informed me of these issues, I poured myself into research.
Today, we’ll talk about passive voice. This is something I had no idea I had a problem with. Zero. I kind of knew about the filler words, and I suspected my descriptions weren’t great. But passive voice very passively slapped me in the face.
The devil’s voice, as far as I’m concerned.
I heard of this years ago: if you can tack on “by zombies” at the end of a sentence, then it’s in passive voice.
Example: The building was attacked...by zombies.