Stephen King on Passive Voice

I’m feeling a bit better today.  My shoulder and neck feel a bit better today.  Thanks to freeandflawed for the advice about the ice.  It helped.  Also, I slept with two pillows instead of one which seemed to do the trick as well.

I was going to get a bit political today and write about my new hero war correspondent Lara Logan, but I had trouble posting a video clip of her appearance on The Daily Show with John Stewart. Instead, just follow the link.

Anyhow, as I posted the other day, I’m a bit concerned about passive voice in my writing. Well, I stumbled upon this pdf of a section about Passive Voice from Stephen King’s On Writing. Here’s an excerpt:

With an active verb, the
subject of the sentence is doing something. With a passive verb, something is being done to the
subject of the sentence. The subject is just letting it happen. You should avoid the passive voice.
I’m not the only one who says so; you can find the same advice in The Elements of Style.

That about says it. Also, I read On Writing some time ago, before I was really serious about writing actually. I think I may have to go back and give it a second look.