Aspiring science-fiction authors receive one piece of advice above all others: Forsake the adverb, the killer of prose. It's terribly, awfully, horrendously important. But why?Read the whole thing. Anders goes on to list five ways in which an overload of adverbs can weigh down your writing and notes how they
Really, adverbs aren't bad in themselves. They're a part of speech, fundamentally no different than any other. Basically, an adverb modifies a verb or adjective to tell you how someone did something. The main problem is, unfortunately, people tend to overuse adverbs. And they're the part of speech most likely to clutter your sentence pointlessly.
So really, the advice should be: "Use adverbs sparingly. And don't use any unnecessary words at all."
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