Okay, okay, I'm not trying to start a fight. There are literally an endless supply of resources for writers. Books. Blogs. Chats. More books. Internet sites. Conferences. If you want to become a better writer, there are resources to help you with that.
Today, I'm going to stand up proudly for the adverb. It's not this dangerous disesase-carrying cat-zombie that sometimes it's made out to be. I mean, seriously.
Do I think sometimes adverbs could be replaced with a better verb? Yes.
Do I think sometimes the emotion should be shown instead of adverbed out? Yes.
Do I think sometimes an adverb is like a well-seasoned bite of pot roast? YES.
Adverbs are not monsters. They don't have to be avoided at all costs. You don't necessarily need to comb your entire 80-thousand-word manuscript and eliminate each and every one.
I think sometimes we freak out over things that are not freak-out-worthy. So I declare today pro-adverb day! Everything I write, I'm going to write frilly and fancy and lovely, and I'm going to do it happily, grumpily, disgustedly, quickly, slowly, and amazingly.
Will you join me? Do adverbs get a bad rap? What other "writing rules" have you read/heard/learned that sometimes just annoy you?