10.22.2006

Passiveist

Miss Snark,

Before I set my hair on fire, I am going to take your advice and put a 50 word paragraph in my query letter outlining my plot. Will it be the kiss of death (KOD) to use a passive sentence?

Hoping those 25 days of construction are fruitful.


It is devoutly to be hoped that in using the passive voice, you know what you are doing.
In the construction of a sentence, passive is not always the kiss of death.

When reviewing query letters, passive construction used artlessly is a weakness and thus it is clear the author is clueless. Being clueless is the kiss of death.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You know what you are doing.

The agent might think you do not know what you are doing.

Unless you are self-destructive, re-work the sentence, instead.