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Creative Writing Tips on Action Verbs #3: Active Verbs Add Vim and Vitality
Active verbs get things done fast; passive verbs impede action. Compare:
Jack fired the rocket. (Active verb)
The rocket was fired by Jack (Passive verb)
Use active verbs to quicken the pace. Like this:
…the carriage dashed through streets and swept round corners, with women screaming before it, and men clutching each other and clutching children out of its way. At last, swooping at a street corner by a fountain, one of its wheels came to a sickening little jolt, and there was a loud cry from a number of voices, and the horses reared and plunged.
(From A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens)