Q is for Quietly, Quickly, Quintessentially: Confessions of an Adverb Abuser

1) As I quietly tiptoe into today’s Challenge letter “Q” (quintessentially the most challenging letter of all), I quickly realize I’ll have to strike up some creativity!

or

2) As I tiptoe into today’s Challenge letter “Q” (the most challenging letter of all), I realize I’ll have to strike up some creativity!

Which style is better? I contend #2 is better for a concise, smooth read. There’s no need to use “quietly”–that’s the only way one can tiptoe. And the other q adverbs are superfluous.

But when I first started writing, my style was much closer to #1. I bled adverbs like a stuck pig (and I used a lot of clichรฉs too, but that’s for another post.)

~The Adverb Abuser Support Group~

Jen: Hi, I’m Jen, and I’m an adverb abuser.

All: Hi, Jen!

Jen: It all started when I didn’t appreciate the intelligence of my readers. I mistakenly thought I had to spell out every action, every feeling.

All: What a mistake…

Want to join the support group? ๐Ÿ˜‰

10 thoughts

  1. I've been an adverb abuser as well. I generally do an \”ly\” search when I'm done writing to check for adverbs and then pluck out the unnecessary ones. I do love them though. Wait, I really, really, love them. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Kyra, there's so much to learn about how to write well. I recently learned about excessive adverbs as well.Hi L.G., the \”ly\” search is a great idea! I find myself vomiting adverbs on my first draft and now I try to remove them when I edit.

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  3. Eh, I just tried to clink on what I thought was a link to ~The Adverb Abuser Support Group~. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I think that means I'm firmly in the abuser ranks. hehe. I tried very hard with my next book release not go overboard, so I am aware of it. I guess I haven't hit rock bottom yet and don't really want to get better even though I pretend I do. ๐Ÿ™‚ Great post.

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  4. Betty, you're right that a few adverbs now and then are just fine. :)I like that metaphor (simile?) Roland! I formerly wrote jalepeno and now I try to write a more mild flavor.Carol, we won't let you in to the support group. Your writing is too beautiful. ๐Ÿ˜€

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