Why I’m scared of adverbs

DSCF0598I keep reading that you should omit adverbs from your writing. These things are utterly useless and don’t contribute a thing. (Crap, even some strings of words are considered adverb phrases.) As a lifelong adverablist (Yes, I just blatantly made up a word.) this is rather hard to do. I had no idea how often I use adverbs in my everyday speaking. Since I carelessly write like I speak I am now considering how many poorly (Give poorly a chance. How else will you know I wasn’t speaking well?) spoken conversations I have had.  Don’t adverbs punctuate and emphasize (Yes, I know you were not necessary.) your statement?

I cannot let them go! I will not let them go! I am an adverbalist! My jauntily written words are hastily typed and somewhat absentmindedly penned. (Dang phrases!) Take your obnoxiously judgmental attitude elsewhere.  How can proper grammar possibly reflect my emotions? My head hurts now. I fear I may have nightmares about redundant phrases. Punctuation is not far behind. Why must the English language be so difficult?

I am dead to adverbs; they cannot excite me ….Mark Twain- “Reply to a Boston Girl,” Atlantic Monthly, June 1880

12 thoughts on “Why I’m scared of adverbs

  1. dogsarentkids

    I think everyone has their own definition of what should or should not be done when writing. Professionally, they don’t like a lot of “filler words” which basically is what you have done here 🙂 But then the writing turns out really dry and boring.

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  2. Gloria

    You write just as you talk and if you tried to avoid using them you would not be true to yourself. I love you just as you are so don’t change a thing.

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  3. mewhoami

    I agree with dogsarentkids. If you don’t include some adverbs, then the writing would be very dry. Adverbs bring life to the story. Professionals can say what they want, but I rather read a story filled with adverbs than one that will put me to sleep.

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  4. robby1864

    I’ve been told that I write exactly as I speak as well. When I read some of my posts they inspire me to never speak again. I hope you just keep on being an adverbalist, I enjoy reading you.

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