I’ve been going through some of my first chapters in my WIP to kill of the adverbs (among many other things that need fixing!). As I go through, sometimes it is near impossible find a better way of expressing what that one little adverb says. I want to leave it. I really, really want to leave it!
I try to rearrange the sentence, experimenting with different words and phrases and realize after a LONG amount of time spent on it, I really like the adverb best.
I am reading one of my favorite authors, Lynn Kurland. Her new book, Till There Was You, is full of adverbs. Seriously, it has many, many -ly adverbs. I wonder if it is because she is a multi-published best selling author that allows her to get by with that. It doesn’t distract me from the book (well, since I am reading this one critically, it does) and it even adds to the flavor of it, if I were to be honest.
So my question is this, do you leave adverbs in because you like them? Or do you ruthlessly cut them out. Oh wait, let me rephrase that… Or do you cut them out like a maniac, murdering them them one by one?