Episode 4

Published on:

17th Jul 2019

S2E4: Adverbs: Use and abuse in writing

Denise and Louise talk about adverbs, and how to use or remove them purposefully.

Listen to find out more about:

  • What Stephen King said about adverbs
  • Adverb use versus adverb abuse
  • Definition of an adverb with examples
  • Definition of an adverbial phrase with examples
  • Adverb red flag #1: the double tell in narrative
  • Adverb red flag #2: the double tell in dialogue
  • Adverb red flag #3: the double tell in dialogue tags
  • Fixes: using stronger verbs and strengthening dialogue
  • Why adverbial phrases don’t solve the problem
  • Extent of overuse

Editing bites

  • How to Write Dazzling Dialogue by James Scott Bell
  • Oxford Guide to Plain English by Martin Cutts

Other resources

  • Stephen King on Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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Music credit

‘Vivacity’ Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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