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!
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 clichés too, but that’s for another post.)
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…
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