I'm working on a requested partial. The book is done, but will get some more brushing up after the partial heads out the door. As I work on this and make every word count, and bring out the emotion and angst of the main characters, and stay true to my tone, a wonderful CP noticed some uses of passive voice that had slipped by me.
Why did they slip by, you ask? Because I was trying so hard to stay with the "flavor" of the story I thought they sounded lyrical. Huh?? You say. Lyrical, I thought you were writing a book not a song. I am writing a book. A book about the song of life for a people's way of life. Yet, as I sought out the passive words and phrases, I realized the stronger wording is better.
It pays to keep an open mind when having your work critiqued.
Do you keep an open mind over an evaluation of your writing? Some times I'm taken back at first. No, I don't do that. Or but it sounds better my way. But if I give it a rest, and then really look at what is suggested, 75% of the time, I'll fix it and it is better!