The Adverb Problem and Why Authors Should Care

A Writer's Path


by Gary Smailes

In this article I will set out to explain why so many famous authors (Stephen King being perhaps the most vocal) warn other authors against the use of adverbs. In fact, King’s hatred of adverbs is so intense that he’s been quoted as saying, “Adverbs are evil.” You will discover the role of adverbs in fiction writing, and I’ll demonstrate why removing adverbs from your writing will make your book more enjoyable to read. In short, I’ll explain just why adverbs are evil.

View original post 2,685 more words

10 thoughts on “The Adverb Problem and Why Authors Should Care

  1. my oss in the US hates me using the passive voice (which seems to include intransitives!). it is v strange for me because here that is part of the national curriculum – not that I went to a state school but I did teach in one

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Stephen King used several adverbs (even not including the ones he used as examples of what NOT to do) in his famous essay on why adverbs are bad writing. Think about that…

    FYI, “not” is an adverb. So is “sometimes.” (They both tell when the verb happens.) Not every adverb ends in -ly, and complete avoidance of adverbs is impossible in grammatically correct writing.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s