I have a confession to make.
I have a problem. A big problem.
I...am an adverbaholic.
It's true! It's true and heartbreaking. I'm attempting to avoid use of adverbs, but...but it's so hard!
However, I've learned a valuable lesson. You see, 99% of adverbs are cop-outs. Missed opportunities. Brain farts.
Granted, every action does not need to be described in scathing detail. That's partly why we have adverbs. They're decent modifiers.
The problem is that we're writers. We write things. We create mental pictures. If readers wanted an overload of adverbs, they'd listen to any valley girl conversation, "Like totally for realz, totally, like omgah, totally." Or they'd just have conversations with me because, as I stated, I'm an addict. In every day conversation, I use way too many adverbs. Useless adverbs.
They clutter our prose. They steal moments when we could:
- Add characterization
- Add depth to a scene
- Add emotional connection
- Add description to a character/setting