Grumpy Cat hates them, too.
In a nutshell, if you’re using an adverb to do what you want done, you’ve got a lazy verb. Lazy verbs are also boring verbs. Take the following example: Elaine was really mad. Why use this when you could have:
- Elaine was irate.
- Elaine was incensed.
- Elaine was enraged.
- Elaine was fuming.
- Elaine was furious.
You get the idea. I was able to go to a Creative Writing Club meeting yesterday because I had the day off. Normally, I work when they meet and workshop. I took my trusty pen (ok, it was Lori’s trusty pen), and started crossing them out. The pen makes a lovely scratch against the paper when it’s crossing out adverbs.
I had a great laugh while I was there, though. A couple of semesters ago, I told Lori she was no longer allowed to use the word “seemed.” I forbade it. Either something was or it was not. It was very Yoda of me. (Is, or Is not. There is no seemed.) If there is deception taking place, there are better ways to show it. So, I’m reading an older story of her’s and near the end of one of the pages, she used seemed. She started laughing when she saw, “No seemed EVER!” written on the bottom of the page. It was a good time.
But back to my point. Adverbs: don’t do that. Seriously. 😛