Adverbs Schmadverbs

Image from jennistales.blogspot.com

Image from jennistales.blogspot.com

 

Adverb is not your friend, they said. Use it only when needed, they said.

Oh but I love Adverbs. Passionately. Irrevocably. Undeniably.

Because they make the dialogue more vivid and the description more, well, descriptive.

She glanced at the pair of brightly colored birds on the sidewalk, happily pecking away at the scattered bread crumbs.

See?

But as the Teenage Writer puts it:

Because, while they are useful, they often clutter prose. The two things that drive your prose are your verbs and your nouns. Those must be as good as they can be. Too often we rely on adverbs and adjectives to help “move” our prose along, making the verbs and nouns weak. 

Crap. Guilty as charged on the last part.

Fine then. From now on, I’ll use Adverbs sparingly……

Oh wait.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s