From Ann Videan’s “Fathoming Deep Point of View” workshop for the Society of Southwestern Authors. Sept. 26, 2021. Full workshop slide set available at https://www.slideshare.net/avidean/edit_my_uploads
While reviewing a blog I ran across at the Self-Publishing School site, I realized their points covered some of the main techniques I teach in my writing workshops to overcome these issues. Study the few tips below, and you’ll be amazed at how your words jump off the page!
- Avoid passive voice, use active voice instead
- Passive voice often uses inactive verbs followed by words ending in “-ed”
- Passive voice = is cheering, are praying, have binged
- Active voice = cheer, prays, binged
- In active voice, you start your sentences with the subject and use an active verb to describe what the subject does.
- Don’t use weak verbs, use active verbs instead
- Inactive/”to be” verbs = is, was, has, have, be, been
- Active verbs create a mental picture: cheers, pray, binged, stumble, stared
- Why use emotion explaining, when you can simply show physical reactions?
- Climb into a character’s skin and experience what they taste, feel, hear, smell, and do.
- Beauty is in the details… describe how someone’s hands shake and lips quiver when they tremble in “fear.”
Ann Narcisian Videan, Book Shepherd
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