Active verbs are self-explanatory. They’re the verbs that exercise regularly, eat a balanced meal, and get eight hours of sleep every night…no, wait…I’m mixing up my notes with my doctor’s orders.
Seriously, though, active verbs create action. The past two weeks we’ve been talking about tenses, and if you put those together, you get a sense of action, so choose your verbs & your actions carefully.
I was sleeping when the loud bang woke me up.
The loud bang woke me up.
We’re saying the same thing in both sentences, but the arrangement of the action gets the attention.