Ever since I found Stephen King’s quote about adverbs, I’ve been doing my best to try to cut them out of my writing both here and in my creative work. Well…lets just say it hasn’t been going all that well. If anything, it feels like I’ve been *adding* adverbs instead of removing them, because every time I use one I think it’s absolutely vital that it be included (see, like what I did there; how would you know that something was super duper important if I hadn’t added “absolutely” to that sentence? “Vital” alone isn’t enough. Really. Trust me. I’m a writer, I know these things).
Because my current strategy is less than effective, I’m going to turn to fellow snarky writer Mark Twain and see what advice he gives to writers looking to remove those pesky little adverbs from their work.