Adverbs or Not?
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Adverbs or Not?

Writer and Blogger,Rebecca Kiel, posted an interesting question concerning adverbs posted on Nathan Bransford's Website.

Her question is as follows:

We have heard it all. Agents, editors, and seasoned writers such as Orson Scott Card, Elmore Leonard, and Stephen King all warn against overusing adverbs, leaving writers everywhere to ask themselves:

If not the adverb, then what?

What is your thought on adverbs? Do you use them in writing dialogue? If not, how do you get on without?

Rebecca

You can read her entire post by clicking here.

Of course, I had to put my two cents in. Below is my reply or you can read it in full by clicking here.


When I do a first draft, I use adverbs knowing that I will come back and get rid of them by using stronger verbs and showing more rather than telling. That first draft looks and sounds like an adverb factory exploded across each page. The point being to get the basic story written down before I forget whatever inspired it in the first place. On the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc. drafts (I am the Queen of re-writes), I fine-tune and polish. For that reason, adverbs are needed, even necessary, but never, ever in the finished product.




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