There have been many campaigns led to "kill the adverb."
But, in all that blunder and huff, did it ever occur to anyone that the adverb can also be used effectively when writing?
I'm not saying we should pepper our writing projects with adverbs, but used judicially, they can be very effective and help progress your story.
So, what does an adverb do, actually?
1. An adverb tells us more about a verb.
2. An adverb describes or modifies the verb in some way.
3. Many adverbs end with the suffix "ly" but not all.
4. Adverbs often tell us how something happened.
A good way to identify an adverb is to look for the "ly" ending, however not all adverbs end in "ly".
Here is a short list of some adverbs that do not end in "ly".
We use each of these words "often", don't we?
According to the website Emphasis ".. good, clear writing is more about communicating your meaning efficiently than banging your point home – and that means only using adverbs that add genuine, useful information. Whenever possible, show, don’t tell."
It makes sense, right? In whatever we write, we need to always make sure we are "showing" and not "telling" to get our point across. So, a smart move would be to only use adverbs in the add genuine, useful information.
From the Daily Post at Wordpress.com I found a great post about adverbs:
If you're looking for some extra exercises on helping understand modifiers go here.
Always remember this, your purpose in writing your story is to show as much as possible to the reader. If all else fails, reach for an adverb, but try in every way to find an alternative first. For stronger writing, use stronger words.