Those pesky adverbs!!!

I recently posted my latest version of chapter one on Absolute Write, and I got some really great responses.  Everyone liked it!  However, one person made a very insightful comment.  She told me to watch my adverbs.  So that’s exactly what I did.  I went back through the entire first chapter and highlighted every single one.  And then I realized something:  over half of them are completely unnecessary.  Either the dialog provides enough setting to fill in the adverb, or it was just overdone.  So now I’m going back through every chapter and doing the same thing.  It doesn’t take very long, and it’s well worth it.  I haven’t cut every adverb.  Some of them actually do add.  But I’ve cut a bunch.  This is exactly why I like feedback.  So thanks.

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5 thoughts on “Those pesky adverbs!!!

    • Thanks Hannay and June! And June, I’m right there with you. Although my book is YA fantasy, in essence, it’s a romantic fantasy. I love fantasy, but there’s no way I could write a book without romance being a huge part of it. And that might be exactly why I’m having an adverb attack.

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  1. Hi, I’m Lua Fowles and I’m an adverb addict!
    I am in SERIOUS trouble with my adverbs… Geez… they won’t leave me alone, we’re having this love- hate relationship 🙂
    I’m working on it though, now that I’m revising my novel, I have my deadly red pen and I’m going over every page and watching out for those evil adverbs!
    You’re right, constructive criticism can be very helpful and save you from embarrassment.

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