Karen Woodward: The Trouble With Adverbs: I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs .... - Stephen King, On Writing Why do many writers hate adverbs? When I first read ...
I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs ....Why do many writers hate adverbs?
- Stephen King, On Writing
When I first read Stephen King's On Writing I confess I thought his stance toward adverbs a tad harsh. How could a part of speech be categorically condemned? As Jeff Chapman writes:
Adverbs shade the meaning of the words they modify. They are grammatical and an accepted part of speech. I've seen them used by well-respected writers. So, what's behind the injunctions against adverbs? (Why No Adverbs?)As I investigated the roots of the prejudice against the adverb (I was tempted to write "the lowly adverb" but restrained myself) I came to agree with the admonition to eschew the use of adverbs, or at least to try. This blog post is my attempt at a partial explanation of why we should treat the adverb with caution.
Much of what follows has been drawn from Charlie Jane Anders' article, Seriously, What's So Bad About Adverbs?