Passive Writing = Passive Characters

Dallas stage costume designer, Eric Criner says “Bland costumes that blend into bland walls equal bland characters.” So when Eric is considering how he’s going to dress the leads, he looks for costume colors that pop against the background. He would never put a taupe dress on his heroine and stand her in front of a taupe wall. Dress her in red or black and she is the only thing the audience sees.

What do you want your audience of readers to “see” when they read the sentences you string together? Are the thoughts you’re expressing bland or do they make the reader want to turn the page to know more?

Check out this great teaching video by my writing friend, Aggie Villanueva and find out how you can take a bland sentence structure, dress it in red, and tell a story that pops.

Send me some of your rearranged and re-dressed sentences and I’ll post them here.

About lynnegentry

Wife. Mother. Writer. Acting Coach. Director of Dallas International Performing Arts Academy.
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7 Responses to Passive Writing = Passive Characters

  1. Holly Smith says:

    Thanks so much Lynne. I will vividly remember that! Excellent post and loved the videoclip!!! Blessings, Holly

  2. lynnegentry says:

    You are like a sponge, Holly. Send me a sentence before and after applying these tips.

  3. Lynne, thankx so much for hosting my vlog post! I’m honored to appear on your pages.

    Holly, I’m doubly honored that you loved the clip. Let me know if you have any questions!

  4. garmonjulie says:

    Going now to watch your clip. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  5. Garmonjulie, thankx. Hope you enjoyed it.

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