Tag Archives: adverbs

When to Use Adverbs

Stacey Kite

Stacey Kite

Most writers have heard the advice to minimize, if not eliminate, adverbs from their writing. For the most part, I think that’s great advice. I think writers often use adverbs when they want to emphasize a point or increase emotional impact, but it doesn’t work. The adverb just comes out sounding redundant, adding nothing to sentence. And as my mother always used to tell me, if something doesn’t add, it detracts. Continue reading

Shakily-an Evil Adverb

Stacey Kite

Stacey Kite

Shakily may not be a four letter word, but in my opinion it’s much worse. It’s clunky and irritating, and has been in every book I’ve listened to over the last six months. At least a dozen times, each.

Say the word out loud.

Doesn’t it sound awkward?

I believe, though most adverbs are just redundant, they can add to the meaning of a sentence when used in a Continue reading