Passive voice: my biggest pet peeve

Pasive voice is the most annoying habit of many self-publishing / amateur writers. Passive voice makes a reading experience more cumbersome, less fluid, and tedious. Here’s a little lesson with a link to the full article.

Sentences in Active and Passive Voice

Here are examples of sentences written in both the active voice and the passive voice, with the active voice sentence appearing first:

Harry ate six shrimp at dinner. (active)
At dinner, six shrimp were eaten by Harry. (passive)

Beautiful giraffes roam the savannah. (active)
The savannah is roamed by beautiful giraffes. (passive)

Sue changed the flat tire. (active)
The flat tire was changed by Sue. (passive)

We are going to watch a movie tonight. (active)
A movie is going to be watched by us tonight. (passive)

I ran the obstacle course in record time. (active)
The obstacle course was run by me in record time. (passive)

The crew paved the entire stretch of highway. (active)
The entire stretch of highway was paved by the crew. (passive)

Mom read the novel in one day. (active)
The novel was read by Mom in one day. (passive)

The critic wrote a scathing review. (active)
A scathing review was written by the critic. (passive)

I will clean the house every Saturday. (active)
The house will be cleaned by me every Saturday. (passive)

The staff is required to watch a safety video every year. (active)
A safety video will be watched by the staff every year. (passive)

She faxed her application for a new job. (active)
The application for a new job was faxed by her. (passive)

Tom painted the entire house. (active)
The entire house was painted by Tom. (passive)


Jack’s third doctor visit…


I found Jack on the roadside in October. For days I tried to find his owner. I didn’t have any luck. I am positive he was abandoned. My friend’s mother adopted him and he now has a very loving home with two other furry friends (felines). This morning we took him to PPVC in East Stroudsburg, PA for his neutering, umbilical hernia operation, and his last round of assorted shots. I haven’t seen him in almost a month and I almost didn’t recognize him at first. He’s a lot bigger, sleaker, and more mature-looking.

Graffiti in East Stroudsburg, PA


I took this photo today in East Stroudsburg, PA about a mile from where I live. I can appreciate the work that went into it because it was done while standing up, with very little light, and under the risk of being arrested. Yeah, it’s so edgey to sit on a couch and draw in a sketchbook while listening / half-looking at the television.