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By Alicia Rasley

Readers at the present time wish intriguing, fast moving, shiny tales. So what do you do in the event that your tale simply limps alongside? those workouts might be useful turn on your tale and revitalize your prose-- with out ever wasting the voice and tone that make it your tale. this is often one of many tale inside Booklets, and is mainly worthy whilst revising a narrative draft.

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That bill must have been forgotten" doesn't have "was" in it, but it's passive because the actual "actor" is hidden or missing. And "was" has functions beyond the passive voice. It is the past tense of "is", and can be used to show a state of being or an identity. " "Was" also can be used as a helping or auxiliary verb with a participle to show a continuing action. Be careful here. "I was walking down the street:" That's called past-progressive tense. As I said, it shows a continuing action. The trick is, you should use it mostly when that continuing action is going to be interrupted.

If your intended solution is too simple, too inactive, see if an internal conflict can rear its ugly head and force a new and more arduous action. This interplay is also going to individualize your story, because even if the external conflict is universal, the internal conflict will aim the protagonist towards a unique action. And we'll sympathize more with a protagonist who makes a mistake because of his values, his code, his approach to life, his entrenched beliefs, his frailties… than with one who makes mistakes because otherwise the story will end too soon.

One of Georgette Heyer's popular books, DEVIL'S CUB, opens with the young hero dispatching two bandits. It's clear from his attitude that this doesn't affect him; heck, he doesn't even care enough to move their bodies out of the road. Well, his callousness doesn't make the killings meaningless, far from it. The action, and his reaction, contributes to the next event in the plot. His father hears about this incident and sees it as the final evidence that his son has lost touch with society's values.

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