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Writing Tip: Don’t Hate Adverbs


Adverbs get a bad rap.

If you’ve ever taken a writing course, perused writer’s forums, or heard soundbites from Stephen King, you’ve likely encountered adverb hate.

The thinking goes like this –

  • “Adverbs are largely unnecessary.”
  • “Adverbs belittle your audience.”
  • “Adverbs are for amateurs.”

The internet writing community has generally come to despise adverbs, and I think that is unfortunate. Like most things, if used properly and in moderation, the lowly adverb can be a great tool that adds flavor to your writing.

That’s some intense paraphrasing, but you get the general idea.┬áThe below tips argue in favor of leaving at least some adverbs in your work.

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