Blond Logic profile image 90

What is wrong with using adverbs in our writing?


I have read that many authors do not like use adverbs. Stephen King says, "I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops."

sort by best latest

Om Nom Nom profile image60

Best Answer Om Nom Nom says

17 months ago
 |  Comment
  • cam8510 profile image

    Chris Mills (cam8510) 17 months ago

    Good comment.


  • See all 5 comments
Rochelle Frank profile image88

Rochelle Frank says

17 months ago
 |  Comment
  • Lisa HW profile image

    Lisa HW 17 months ago

    While I don't disagree with any of the above answers; I have to say I kind of like your "bad example" version better - except for, maybe, one or two adverbs. BUT, the "statement example" is not fiction writing. It expresses thoughts/feelings.


  • See all 2 comments
Billie Kelpin profile image87

Billie Kelpin says

17 months ago
 |  Comment
  • Blond Logic profile image

    Mary Wickison (Blond Logic) 17 months ago

    You have made some valid points. I think my writing is liberally sprinkled with them. Thanks for defending the use of adverbs.

    Thanks for your answer.

cam8510 profile image93

Chris Mills (cam8510) says

17 months ago
 |  Comment
  • Blond Logic profile image

    Mary Wickison (Blond Logic) 17 months ago

    I think you've hit the nail on the head, it is laziness. I thought it sounded more arty and poetic. Too many romance books perhaps.

Kristen Howe profile image80

Kristen Howe says

17 months ago
 |  Comment
  • Blond Logic profile image

    Mary Wickison (Blond Logic) 17 months ago

    I think I need to read a few more books on writing. So many years have passed since my English classes.

    Thanks Kristen

wingedcentaur profile image84

William Thomas (wingedcentaur) says

17 months ago
 |  Comment
  • Blond Logic profile image

    Mary Wickison (Blond Logic) 17 months ago

    Thanks for those examples. I can see in a dialogue they could work depending on the character. Your creaking door example does sound desperate. Thanks for your answer.

0

Larry Wall says

17 months ago
 |  Comment
  • cam8510 profile image

    Chris Mills (cam8510) 17 months ago

    Good words, Larry. Thanks.


  • See all 2 comments
working