This week’s question from blogger Stevie Turner is this. “Are adverbs really the devil? If they sneak in occasionally, does it mean the writer is lazy?” In the ten plus years I’ve been writing, I’ve come to the conclusion that in most cases, it’s better to use a stronger verb than an adverb. Let’s take, for example, this passage from The Red Dress.
“Oh, God,” said Charlene, leaping to her feet. She hurried to her side of the room and turned off the radio, then returned.
I could have said that Charlene walked quickly to her side of the room and turned off the radio. But that’s too wordy, don’t you think? I hope you agree it reads more smoothly the way I originally wrote it.
So, why did Charlene hurry to her side of the room and turn off the radio? Who was with her in the room? What song was playing on the radio? To find out, read The Red Dress.
By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, The Red Dress is available for download from their site here. Thank you for reading. Stay safe, happy, and healthy, and may you always have positive experiences.
Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books
When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.
Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.