Creative Writing Tips on Active & Passive Verbs: When to Use Passive Verbs

before I begin with my blog writing, I want to share something so badly a secret I have. secret. I can’t share it. Not yet. I want to so bad I do I do I do! but not yet. Soon, though! I promise. Only my family and really good friends know.

so enough of that. Now on to creative writing tips on active and passive verbs. When you should actually use passive verbs. Done done done here it goes:

When is it better to use passive verbs? When the story calls for a change of pace: for example, to slow down the action, reduce tension, or stretch the narrative.

Choose passive verbs also when you want to emphasize the receiver of the action; like this:

He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief…
He was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment for our peace fell upon him,
and by his stripes we are healed.

(From The Bible, Isaiah 53: 3a, 5

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