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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."

 

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    Chris Mills (cam8510) 2 years ago

    Good comment.


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    Lisa HW 2 years 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.


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    Mary Wickison (Blond Logic) 2 years 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.

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    Mary Wickison (Blond Logic) 2 years 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.

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    Mary Wickison (Blond Logic) 2 years ago

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

    Thanks Kristen

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    Mary Wickison (Blond Logic) 2 years 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.

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    Chris Mills (cam8510) 2 years ago

    Good words, Larry. Thanks.


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