More on active voice

Hi readers, today I just want to talk a little more about the action in a story. Like I said before, active voice leaves much more of an impact than passive, but the two are equally important.

So, what one should take the leading role? Any writer knows the age old mantra “it’s better to show than to tell.” Yes, most of the time it is better to show and not tell, and other times it’s better to tell and not show. I tell when I’m writing a violent scene because I don’t want to give readers too much detail. They should know what’s going on, but not be forced to experience it.

Active voice leaves a bigger impact because the reader experiences the scene, and not just hears about it.

A little fun fact of mine, I love it when a book shows a romantic scene because I get to experience it with the character. If I was just told about it my eyes would still be dry πŸ™‚

That’s why I love reading! You get to experience a scene. In a movie you’re just a peeping tom, so you don’t really experience what the character feels because movies work with a visual rather than a mental picture, and a lot of times I don’t connect with a movie like I can with a book.

So this brings me back to the life of a Christian. I’m sure you’ve heard the word “support” tossed around in prayer circles and churches, right? “We should support our brothers and sisters in Christ,” they would say. Well, my view has changed on that! I was reading a section in one of my resource books for school and what the guy said was that support is unbiblical!

“What!!!!” Yeah, those were my thoughts.

But then he went on to explain why.

Okay, what do you picture when you hear that word? I picture a person standing besides the guy or girl needing help and saying “Okay, lets pray.” Does the person leave changed after that? No, I can’t imagine he/she would. Don’t get me wrong, praying is vital if we’re to help someone overcome an obstacle in their lives, but why are we always brushing off responsibility with prayer? We’re being passive towards those who are hurting by showing them support. By hurting for them and saying “I understand what you’re going through. I’ve been there.”

I’m going to become the person begging for help for a moment. “Thank you, that’s great, but I don’t need someone who understands, I need someone who can help me.”

Yeah, support and empathy don’t really get anywhere, at least not by themselves. When Jesus says to “Bear one another’s burdens” I don’t think He was commanding us to stand on the spot and say “Yeah, this is pretty heavy, I understand how you feel.” No! He commands us to take that guy’s burden and carry it alongside him.

Actions speak louder than words folks. Sorry to be cliche πŸ™‚

I picture a mature Christian as one who follows and reads God’s Word and allows that to govern His every word and action. The Bible tells us to live by faith, and we all know faith without works is dead. We should be helping our wounded friend with the Word and guiding him to make the right choices, and not just saying “lets pray,” as the only means. And if the person is unsaved…. show them the Way, the Truth, and the Life for goodness sake!

Experience the other’s pain, and don’t just sit around and understand, stand up and take action. Be the warrior Christ calls us to be!

‘Till next time, God Bless.

If you have any thoughts feel free to comment, I’d love to answer any questions.




3 thoughts on “More on active voice

  1. I love this part, – ” I tell when I’m writing a violent scene because I don’t want to give readers too much detail. They should know what’s going on, but not be forced to experience it.”
    This is what Christian Literature needs! There are many books out there, Christian as well, that force the reader to experience the sin, and violence contained within. Afterwards, this leaves you feeling like you have taken part of it.
    Question – People often regard violence and sin as good entertainment, how does one show throughout a book, that it shouldn’t be?

    1. Hey CJR Odyssey, thanks for the question. Ok, so how does one show in a book that violence is not good entertainment. I know people who watch violent movies and call it entertainment because it “thrills” them. I find it unacceptable when people read and watch very violent films for entertainment. Are we entertained by bloodshed? When I see all these books and movies, even in the Christian genre sadly, I have to sometimes question societies’ moral values. Are we really that evil that we’ll watch heartless violence for entertainment? They can argue the point all they like, the fact remains that you can get thrills without violence. Even in my horror novel, graphic violence is just not needed, and is not edifying to the body of Christ.
      So how does one show that violence is evil? What I’m doing in my current novel is show that violence has come out of a fallen nature. In the town, they have a law that proclaims God is Dead, so they have taken Him away, as a result their morals have fallen through the roof and violence runs rampant. I’m simply showing that violence is sin, and if you can get that message across clearly, and without pointing fingers, then I think that shows people that violence shouldn’t be a form of entertainment.
      It’s not our job to judge people in the world as sinners, but for them to acknowledge it themselves. We need to send a message of conviction, not judgement, and in showing that violence is all an act of our sinful nature, and that the only one who can save us is Jesus, conviction from the Holy Spirit has an open door.
      Hope this answered your question. God Bless πŸ™‚

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