Wonderful post on why ‘was’ is not a crime.
I occasionally also froth at the mouth about this subject, and have crossed one publisher off my list of ‘people I will ever work with again’ because they tried to take my wases away. But I have been too lazy/ill informed to ever write a proper post about why using the verb ‘to be’ does not constitute passive voice, why you can’t just take it away without deforming the language – and why passive voice isn’t always such a terrible thing anyway.
Fortunately for my laziness, Patricia C Wrede has written her own post about it, and it is wonderful. Have a look at this:
On other news, I am having a bad winter this year, despite the lightbox and the vitamin D. I just got the SAD sorted out when my hormones decided to pack it in. I’m still managing to do my 1000 words a day on The Pilgrims Tale, but I went to the doctor today to talk about HRT and this conversation sums up my current level of enthusiasm for life.
Dr: Are you enjoying anything in your life at the moment?
Dr: I see you’re a writer. Are you enjoying that?
(OTOneH, did he really have to ask the same question twice? The first answer clearly implies the second. OTOH, I may not be the easiest of patients to squeeze useful information from.)
Which is a way of saying that I may be blogging less frequently, or less lengthily for a while. If I’m going to make a point of carrying on doggedly with something I’m not enjoying, it’s going to be the writing rather than the talking. (Even if the talking is done via text.)