Creative Writing Advice # 7: Advice About Adverbs


of the WEek
emeritus Anowalk
has a great tip for writers looking to add power and specificity to their

If you find yourself using an excessive amount of adverbs, take
a look at your verbs.  Often, you can tighten your writing by dropping
adverbs and picking a more powerful verb. Adverbs have a time and a place, but they shouldn't shoulder work that could
be done by your verbs.

Need proof?

"Alex knocked loudly." vs. "Alex hammered his
fist against the door." Which sentence
packs more punch?

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