Thursday, September 3, 2009

Do You Need to Use Adverbs?

“We have to work really hard to make the words in a line of dialogue show the reader the emotion and inflection behind those words.” -- Maryann Miller in Those Pesky Adverbs Again.
Ms. Miller’s article discusses the use of adverbs. I’m not of the thinking that one should never use adverbs (or adjectives), but an author shouldn’t rely on them to provide emotion to the story. Well chosen verbs and nouns that show the reader how a character feels are more powerful than adding adverbs after “he saids” and “she saids.”

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