Head over to your bookshelf and pull out a random book. Who is the main character? There’s a likely chance your main character is straight, white and able-bodied. Right?
The purpose of books, especially children’s and young adult books, is to see the world through new eyes. But readers still see the world primarily through the eyes of straight, white, able-bodied characters.
Despite the beautiful, diverse world we live in, literature doesn’t do nearly enough to represent that. You’re a writer – you CAN do something about it!
This month, we’re having a look at the passive and active voice in your writing. If you haven’t heard about the passive and active voice before, that’s ok – let’s jump in and find out what it’s all about.
To understand the difference, you’ll need to understand some basic grammar terms. A little boring, maybe (I mean, not for me, I’m a grammar nerd and proud of it!), but an important skill for any writer is knowing how to pull a sentence apart and look at the pieces. So, let’s look at these parts of a sentence first.