I have a q for you guys. For the past couple of years I wrote strictly academic papers. In doing so, I always wrote to avoid passive voice. In my creative writing classes we could only use passive voice within dialogue. Then I came here and I look at some of the stories in the review section and I saw lots of passive voice. I understand typing passive voice into a message like this one because passive voice can be a natural part of how a person talks/thinks. However, I am not sure is passive voice is acceptable for creative writing. Or perhaps I was taught wrong . So, Is passive voice OK in creative writing or not? Aside from dialogue of course. Or, is passive voice just not a big deal in non-academic writing? Any advice appreciated!