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The Absolutely Undeserved Hatred of Adverbs

Actually.

That's it.

I wanted to start with an adverb so just--Actually.

Actually, though, I do have some news. I was awarded the American Literary Merit Award for my short story, Your Sister's Wedding Reception. See award above post.


Where was I? Oh yeah. Actually adverbs get a bad rap from the writing community. Stephen King said, "The road to hell is paved with adverbs." He'll probably write a thousand page book about it some weekend. He could have Automaton Adverbs rise from the River Styx and attack lost souls cast from Purgatory to Perdition or some such nonsense similar to the recent crap he's been putting out. We need another short story from him to inspire movies like The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption. All in favor?

And then there's my hero, Elmore Leonard, who wrote, "Never use an adverb to modify the verb "said" . . . he admonished gravely. To use an adverb this way (or almost any way) is a mortal sin. The writer is no…