polymath wrote:Unfortunately, too many so-called writing rules proscribe adverb use.
Margo wrote:I'm reminded of something Donald Maass said when asked if it was possible to have too much tension in a manuscript. He said yes but he'd never seen it. The vast majority of the novels his agency turns down had way way way too little tension, so it didn't seem to make much sense to warn people off of a practice he'd never seen anyone ever do.
Can you have too few adverbs? Probably. But I've never seen it.
Leila wrote:I'd be interested in others opinions here but I think adverbs tend to get larger airplay in YA or younger books? And even then...?
polymath wrote:Leila wrote:I'd be interested in others opinions here but I think adverbs tend to get larger airplay in YA or younger books? And even then...?
In one sense, or more, adverbs and modifiers are more palatable for young adult readers. Middle grade readers less so. They're still learning vocabulary and yet being discouraged from using adverbs and such. Grammar teachers have hammered them young adults with don'ts and a little rebeliousness is called for, as appropriate to young adult familial and authority detachment process behaviors, especially when adverbs serve their natural purpose artfully. Unfortunately, sadly, tragically, adverbs take a lot of guff and grief in later English studies, writing studies.
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