Adverbs… I didn’t realise that I had a tendency to overuse them until a beta-reader pointed it out and then I was like, “Wow, Jodie your adverbs are out of control!”
According to my very beautiful Oxford Dictionary:
An adverb is a word or phrase that modifies or qualifies another word or a word group, expressing a relation of manner, place, time, degree, circumstance, cause, etc.
An adverb is used:
1. With a verb to indicate – how something happens, where something happens, when something happens, how often something happens.
2. To strengthen or weaken the meaning of a verb, an adjective or another adverb.
3. To add to the meaning of the whole sentence.
I think adverbs get a bad wrap. Especially when you have writers like Stephen King saying “I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops.” But I don’t see what’s wrong with an adverb here or there. They sound poetic sometimes.
How often do you guys use adverbs? Are they scattered all over your manuscript or do you avoid them? Let’s talk about adverbs 🙂