Writing 101, Day Eight: Death to Adverbs
How does one write without adverbs? Not sure but that’s the test. Let’s have at it! (I’m not even sure I know what an adverb is…)
The afternoon was long with nothing but emails, a prospectus and Dr. Phil to fill it. The temperature was a warm 78 degrees with welcomed ocean breezes coming through the windows. I had stuff to do before my dinner appointment, but the weather made me lazy. And apathetic.
I wanted to play, have fun, visit a friend, dance in the sprinkler. My responsible Virgo side snuffed that, reminding me that once what had to get done was completed – I could enjoy my evening. It is the way my mind works.
The flowers were calling – their colors bright and loud. Come outside, hang with us, maybe water us? “No,” I answered. “Not now. Stop it!” Am I the only one that talks to flowers?
Emails sorted, Dr. Phil watched, prospectus getting there. Off to meet my friend for dinner. I have decided in this time period (assuming I haven’t used adverbs – please advise if otherwise) that I like them and prefer them in my writing. Long live adverbs! (I may have found my future cause.)
As with many things concerned with writing, adverbs should be used judiciously. A few aren’t bad, as long as you’re not tripping over them. Hmmmm….I think that’s a mixed metaphor…..
What’s a mixed metaphor???
Not an adverb in sight! Love it!
Thank you, Gail – glad to hear it! I owe you a response, it’s been hectic here. I’ll email you in a week or so.
Being Adverb-less didn’t seem to affect you adversely. In fact I think it gave you an advantage. I wonder what an advanced adverb advocator’s advice might be? What an Adventure!