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Friday, January 11, 2008

Passive Voice

This is not instruction, believe me, I am not worthy of teaching just yet.

However, this literary agent that I have a secret crush on, he's good at the teaching gig. Today he says, " A novel is not a place where things happen, a novel is a place where characters do things."

I have to think on that for awhile. (passive or active?)

Crap. (definitely active)

If I become obsessed, forgive me in advance (future active?)


Kay Day said...

you like raw potatoes? eww. My sister and mom do, too. Just eat dirt, it's cheaper.

Heather said...

I like the way he put that.
I hear the advice a lot to not be afraid to let bad things happen to our characters (b/c we so often want to protect them).
But are we too afraid to let our characters cause these bad things?