DOWN WITH ADVERBS! AVOID ALLITERATION ALWAYS! Aww… ‘always’ as an arduous atrocity. Absolutely awful.
Is anybody else sick of hearing this? It seems like every book I read on writing well, editing well, and living well talks about how adverbs and alliteration are the devil. How they suck the flow and rhythm of the writing down in to the depths. How they’re the tools of amateurs and how truly great writers never use them, except in the most dire of circumstances.
Well, you know what? I happen to LIKE adverbs! And alliteration! All right?
Of course, there should be some discretion in using them. One should probably not absolutely consent to finally use as many adverbs in their stunningly fluent and amazingly complicated prose.
As for alliteration… A little alliteration always assuages an angry alligator.
Okay, probably not. I just made that up. But seriously, sometimes writing needs a little bit more embellishment. I agree that writers need to be creative and driving in their dialogue and exposition, but can we not have such a vendetta against two perfectly (see what I did there?) acceptable parts of speech and language?
Rant over. I will return you to my normally (see, see?) scheduled posts.
“Overuse at best is needless clutter; at worst, it creates the impression that the characters are overacting, emoting like silent film stars. Still, an adverb can be exactly what a sentence needs. They can add important intonation to dialogue, or subtly convey information.”
― Howard Mittelmark