I’m inviting everyone (both writers and readers) to share some of their beliefs, writing habits, expertise, and opinions on a variety of subjects connected to writing or reading novels. For today’s topic, I’d like to hear what you think about the use of adverbs.
In school we were taught to use many adverbs to help make our writing more interesting. Now we are told that we would do better to find a stronger verb and get rid of the adverbs which often will no longer be needed.
1. The old man walked along crookedly and painfully.
Or: The old man limped along.
2. The puppy ran exuberantly through the fields.
Or: The puppy bounded through the fields.
What do you think? Do you have any thoughts about the use (or overuse) of adverbs? Please leave a comment and share your thoughts.