I recall, when I first started writing, someone telling me that every scene must contain a character’s internal “monologue.” Being uncertain about what that might even mean was only part of my problem! I gave it a go, but the advice didn’t click with me; didn’t suit my writing style.
I was reminded of that moment when I read a question about using passive voice at the Dear Editor blog on Monday. I actually dreaded reading the answer, fearful it would condemn any use of passive voice.
It was with great pleasure, then, that I read the very sensible answer of author Charlie Price which basically said if passive voice is serving the scene/story, then by all means, use it.
Sounds like good advice to me!
I feel the same about most writing “rules.” There’s a time and place for everything, otherwise it wouldn’t exist.