And what about the overuse of using adverbs in dialogue tags when the simple, plain-spoken "said" will do just fine? I offer into evidence:
....he admonished gravely....she said expectantly....he stated methodically
Now this is just the writer showing off. Give us a few adverbs here and there, but not for every character on every page.And then, let's talk about these recent examples:
The first one just sounds painful. I tried to do it just now and I can confirm, it's a real task. And the rest, well, I want to edit them mercilessly.
My rant is done.
Could this be because I have been editing my own beast of a novel this week, using the "find" feature to direct me to all uses of 'ly' in my own work - and discovered how I overused the word probably?Probably.(And if you catch this or other mis-uses in my novel Janeology, well, history will show that was my stylistic use of adverb era.)
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It's like your own personal radio staion, she said enthusiastically.
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