I'm going through my MS doing finds on "was." I was careless a little. Every now and again I'd sneak one in because it's just easy, isn't it. But I found I've been a very lazy girl. Next I'll attack some other words that are considered Passive.
I'm not as overly concerned about using these words as I was when I belonged to a critique group. I haven't found a writer who doesn't brake every, so called, rule in the book.
After I've scoured my WIP, I'll go through one more time and look for passive sentences and paragraphs. It blows me away how many less words (how many less?) one uses without passive verbs.
I still haven't written the ending. Man oh man, what am I waiting for. Oh well, I'm making progress, but if I'm going to make my goal of ending it before April, I'd better make some headway.