Absolutely, Positively, Determinedly

A subjectively, intensely heartfelt post on the possibly very controversial subject of….

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Now, I come not to vehemently argue the potentially inflammatorily question ….

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Of whether to use or not to use ADVERBS 

For this is truly a matter which is potentially divisive to many a previously solid relationship of friends who are normally, happily sharing a love of writing

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Nay. Let me not be the inadvertently ruinous cause of such distressingly unnecessary woes



Suffice it to say I will, fearlessly state, without fear or favour  that I will personally



continue to use, doggedly, whenever I feel the use is beneficially and artistically useful to the narrative……


Simply because I like them


Thus having empathetically stated succinctly my case, I bid you with all due civility and affability.

A good day

Doffing a hat


12 thoughts on “Absolutely, Positively, Determinedly

    • Quite so.
      I think this is somethign of a ‘viewpoint’ currently in fashion.
      Apparently, or so it is claimed by some Stephen King does not use them (I don’t read his books). Now that’s fine for what must be his own unique approach but it doesn’t make it mandatory. (I doubt if Mr King would insist on writers folliwing his methods)
      Also there is another ‘fashionable’ view which claims adverbs are a sign of lazy creative writing (a contradiction in terms surely). This is not helped by the fact that those in business presentation industry think they are great.
      Ultimately, and irrefutably an area which is ripe with controversially and passionately inclined views.

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  1. Apparently, I have been sleeping for a few decades, for I had no idea that there was so much controversy over the use of adverbs! When did this start … and why? Ah well … you’ve given me cause to chuckle happily, so I shall not spend the rest of my day living humourlessly. 😉

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  2. My theory is that with so many writers and editors blogging, all kinds of advice gets trotted out as though it’s iron-bound commandments carved in stone. You see lists of Words that Must Not Be Used. Adverbs are among them. Trouble is, writing is an art and therefore not possible to boil down to a series of rules and formulae. Art by its nature involves breaking rules and turning things upside down and inside out.

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    • Exactly Audrey. Some folk in pursuit of their art become so focused on their visions they tend to forget this is not the true and only way….
      Now you see if someone shows me a list of words that must not be used…..
      Then I am going to find a site which tells me so and make sure I use them…..
      “Oh but soft!
      Perchance I have come across one such place of constrictive advice.
      To my favourites I shall place this.
      And some sure I use the words”
      (What the person on the site targeted (information redacted) seems to have overlooked is that in dialogue or Point of View Descriptions a character will use lots of words writers shouldn’t because ’tis normal speech.
      We do not all conduct daily conversation with Shakespearean eloquence)

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  3. Add a verb here, add a verb there… what do you get? Adverbs! I have a theory, based on observing the generation that contains my own two “children” and it’s that my generation (commonly referred to as “boomers”) was a generation of daring go-getters. Our parents told us what surviving the horrors of post WWI, the Depression, WWII and recovery meant and so we determined that we would never be poor, or stuck. We made it happen for ourselves-it was called working for a living, but with a goal of gaining in the game. All that changed with the next gen. though. These are what I call the “Rules” people. Everything has to fit inside rules, no matter who makes them, or why. We now see this everywhere and everybody is supposed to accept, acquiesce, never question, submit, even love “the rules.” So likely it is that generation, which pretty much runs things now, that decided on the “no adverb” rule in fictional writing. Not that I care. I’ve never understood grammar rules in any case – I just use the thing – grammar that is. I suppose adverbs come under that heading? There, I’m posilutely certain I got that rightly enough. Can I keep on making adverbs just by tacking an “ly” at the end of any word, wordy or wordly? Does it have to be a “y” sometimes and a “ly” at other times?

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    • I’ve just be ‘rattling’ off a reply to Audrey along these lines.
      I do not want to be told by anyone how to write, what to use and what not to use. In these ‘advice’ blogs there is often an underlying theme of ‘if you want to earn bucks, follow my guidelines—–(and by the way buy my book on the subject)’
      I think my overall creative influences these days must be:
      Frank Zappa
      Captain Beefheart
      The Legendary Stardust Cowboy.

      Always willing to listen to advice to nuance a narrative, but control my entire process….
      Like…… no.
      Today’s reject.
      Tomorrow’s Innovative Pioneer.
      (Although in my case, it’s a long game and my descendants will clean up on the royalties when I am discovered!)

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