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Writer's World

Tips & Answers to Qs

Active vs. Passive Voice

In active voice sentences the subject of sentence performs the action.
In passive voice sentences the subject receives the action.

Authors are encouraged to use active voice whenever possible.
Passive voice sentences are often wordy and can be vague.

Active: Researchers have found that high stress can cause heart attacks.
Passive: It has been demonstrated that heart attacks can be caused by high stress.

Active: The badger bit the man.
Passive: The man was bitten by the badger.

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From the Editor's Desk

Editor's Desk

Human Nature

An author made this observation recently, “I’ve noticed a lot of romance authors are teachers and lawyers.” Then asked, “Wonder why that is?”

Two big reasons: 1) Both professions are high stress and frustrating, fraught with systemic failures that move glacially toward improvement, if ever. Authors get to create their own worlds where people behave as the authors wish while the authors engineer the outcomes – all of which is the perfect counterbalance to bureaucratic inertia. 2) Who better to write about the motivations that bring people together and tear them apart than teachers and lawyers? They see the most potential, often wrapped in the worst behavior, yet they believe they can fix the problem(s), and they are always looking for the best result. Personality type and experience make them great observers of the human condition.

Ahhh, you see where this is going.

Why are your MCs behaving the way they do? That is, and should be, the crux of each question you pose to yourself as you outline and/or write your stories. Frequently, people’s motivations are deep-seated and often are buried by trauma or avoidance. We’ve all heard someone say, or have read a character think/say something like: “I’ve put that memory in a box where it’s locked and shelved in the back of my brain.” As we know, those boxes break open, sometimes with disastrous results.

When writing a character, especially one who behaves badly and/or messes up a relationship at every turn, you must supply the reason(s) for the behavior. Not all at once – info dumps are a big no-no – but, over the course of the story, the love interest learns with the reader why the MC acts the way s/he does. Sometimes it’s fun for the reader to have an inkling as to the whys long before the love interest. Readers like to watch as the light bulb goes on over her/his head.

Keep in mind the balance between self-serving motivations and altruistic motivations. Heroines and heroes are not all good, and villains or foils are not all bad. Everyone has a reason for being who they are. Your job is to let us know why.