Kurt Vonnegut loathed adverbs (a noun, word or phrase that modifies or qualifies an adjective, verb, or other adverb or a word group), slaying them at every turn, making me aware how often I use them.
That LY you don’t really need is like wearing too many jewels with your little black dress.
It’s hard to appreciate its elegance drenched in all that bling.
And LY has a slew of cousins that if you’re not careful, will move right in.
She is running
She is walking
Of course, using one now and then is okay, since it may
just be part of your charm, but I now see what an adverb junkie I totally am, by nature.
Hemingway, the king of clean prose, rarely used them. I’m rereading Movable Feast and halfway through, have come across one.
He did say, when beginning a piece, write the first true sentence you know, a tip I take to heart.
This all started with a series I discovered called, The Last Interview, and Other Conversations, a collection of writer’s last words.
They’re wonderful…short, poignant, insightful, as if Kurt and Ernest and a host of others, are sitting in your living room expressing how they felt about things.
Chewing the fat,
just for you.
Hunter Thompson was another interview I liked. He said, the secret of good writing lies in good notes. As much as I absorb detail, I
rarely write it down, never seeming to have a notebook handy, hoping I’ll just remember.
Nora Ephron, in the series said, whatever you’re writing has to have a beginning, a middle and an end.
That’s my idea of true success, when you can inspire from the ether.
What’s that Mr. Vonnegut? I haven’t snuck in that many adverbs?
GLADLY would have, but I’m CAREFULLY and a bit AWKWARDLY trying to write, JUST like you.
Fat chance, I know.
But a girl can dream.