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 🙂

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 🙂

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.