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Do I really have to kill them all??

(By PrimroseSue via Photobucket)

I like some of them. Some of them work well, truly they do. I don’t want to do this! It’s going to take FOREVER!

What a touchy subject. Cut them all! Leave them alone, they’re fine. Get them out!

I’ve made it known what a huge reader I am. And I will say right now that I have read many books with plenty of…..ADVERBS! One in particular, a very popular book, is loaded with them. Many writers say to cut them all….every single one. Others say, a few are just fine. And others still, LOVE them and use them with no qualms. So what’s the best answer?

As I am scrutinizing my first 6 chapters (again), I’m finding it hard to see a middle ground. I am also finding a few ummm….. wickedly, lovely, softly, gently….CRAP!

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”
Stephen King

I guess Stephen King would know. I’ll continue cutting.

3 responses

  1. being used to death, yes ruins the story. But used appropriately, I think enhances the story. I enjoy when they are in the text but you don’t even notice them, they just fit. It’s like making a sandwich – you have the bread and the lunch meat, the substance, you then add letuce, tomato and cheese and perhaps even mayonnaise. These add extra flavour and excitement to the meal, but if you continue to add olives, pineapple, beetroot…eventually when you pick up the sandwich to eat it, it just falls out onto the plate, making you annoyed that you just did not stick with a few extras instead of being greedy.

    April 25, 2011 at 10:15 am

    • Very good point and analogy.

      April 25, 2011 at 1:31 pm

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