Have I ever mentioned that I HATE adverbs? Yep, hate 'em. And I don't care if I use them in my blogging. WHY? Because I blog as I am - how I really talk - and we all talk with adverbs. I am totally the Queen of Adverbs! Always using them. However... they are a big NO-NO in our writing. Dang it! Did I mention I seriously hate them?
Here is a little chart to get you better aquainted with the horribly dreadful adverbs. Bleh. I did get an awesome tip for identifying them in your writing though....
* Do a word search with "LY_" (yeah that line means space.)
* Lots of adverbs end in LY. This will highlight them. You will probably be amazed at how many you use.
* Don't just change them because other words end in "LY", like family. So check it out to make sure it's an adverb before you make any changes.
* There are OTHER ways to "show-not-tell" - other than adverbs!* Did I mention we should quit using adverbs?
Want an EXAMPLE?
John slowly walked across the room. *VS* John couldn't help but drag his feet as he walked across the room.
OK.... quick side note. SOMETIMES, and I mean VERY FEW TIMES, which means PRACTICALLY NON-EXISTENT TIMES, we can use an adverb. This is LESS THAN RARELY! But just be careful. Editors, publishers and agents don't want to see them.
Ugh ~ I hate adverbs!
Posted by Abby Fowers