The passive voice can be summed up as anything you write that stops the action in your story. There are lists on the Internet of words that we can examine in order to omit slowing down the action. Here are two of my most useful writing excessive when it comes to passive voice: I Search my manuscript for the word had or the phrase had been. I read it and decide how to re-write the sentence omitting them. Example: Margaret had been trying to fix the table. I also try to get rid of as many ing ending words as possible. Thus, I wrote Margaret tried to fix the table. This technique also works when talking. If you want to sound self-assured omit had and had been and ing ending words.