I’m fond of the passive in action. A little convolution is better than none. A little twisty turn-y is my cup of tea and too much action gives me the yawns. But all advice points to the concise. The elimination of the poor old passive voice.
I’ve read quite a few Mills and Boons in my time. Oldish ones from op shops. Flimsy volumes from the sixties and seventies about innocent Nurses and Gruff Doctors ‘grazing’ the soft cheeks of their fair ladies. Wonderful covers of ladies gazing up at their handsome hero who’s probably a surgeon or a naughty pirate.
As a newcomer to the craft, having written only a couple of short stories and filled a goodly number of notebooks with the ravings of a depressed drunk, I only knew I wanted my book to be good. Or more than that, I wanted it to be great.
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