Before I launch into this, I've perused these threads and they don't quite answer the specific question I have in mind:
When to keep the passive voice and when to remove it
When *should* I use passive voice?
I'm making decent progress on a story, and I tend to do my drafts in Microsoft Word and use Grammarly to get additional grammar checking as I go along. One of the features of these that I have been working on is active vs. passive voice, for which these tools are immensely helpful. I've found that I have gotten much better at writing in active voice, but there are times when I am certain that mangling a sentence to use active voice, as suggested by the tools, ruins the mood or feel of the scene.
Therein lies the real question: How peevish are editors about the use of passive voice in fiction, really?
I worry that I'm spending too much time agonizing over voice, when I should be spending more time just writing. (See: The "Rules" of Writing) Even if I just stop and start blasting out volumes of text, I might later blindly follow every voice suggestion to my detriment.
I find myself in need of advice from those who actually have experience. Therefore, I turn to you.
Thanks in advance.
And yes, I'm a first-time writer.