” In the active voice, the subject performs the action. In the passive voice, the subject is acted upon.”
The Pleasures and Peril of the Passive/NY Times
Have you ever done a search for certain words in your screenplay? Akers suggests using Find (control F or Apple F) to look for words that you can edit to make your screenplay tighter and better.
Here are just three examples Akers shows how editing “Is” can improve your writing. (Check out his post 7 Deadly Sins of Writing to see a longer list.)
He is grinning…He grins.
Cheryl is looking at Stephanie… Cheryl studies Stephanie.
Betty is really pretty… Betty, hot as a two dollar pistol, struts in.
(Man, I’d hate to run a Find “Is” search on all my blog posts. Maybe for the book version.)
P.S. It’s worth noting that if you have the skill of Mark Twain you can use a passive voice quite effectively:
“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” H/T Sin & Syntax.