I've just been scanning through my collection of novels by my favourite authors - all of them multiple best- sellers.
In all the books I found a lot, a plethora in fact, of passive verbs. Now I've just been through my latest novel which I firmly believe is just about ready for publication, and although I deleted numerous passive verbs, I found to my horror that all my favourite authors have left most of theirs in. Barely a paragraph goes by without at least three.
So, from now on, I'm going to remove all obviously redundant passives but also from now on I'm not going to sweat it any more. If the best can do it, and clearly get away with it, then the same thing should be fine for me.
Having said that; they're all best sellers, and I'm not.