This has to rank up there among my top ten seething peeves. (This is different from a normal peeve where I just grumble and ignore. Seething peeves can ignite into a rant.) When I use my automated proofing program, it pings me on my adverb usage. I admit, I tend to use a lot of them, but it’s not because I can’t find the words I want to use. It’s because, if there is a word that precisely fits the mood and sense of what I want to portray, it is so damned obscure, I’d be sending people to dictionary.com constantly. And who wants to have to keep looking up words while reading a fantasy novel? I certainly don’t. I doubt anyone out there wants to, too. So why, pray tell, have we ostracized a perfectly good and acceptable form of grammar from our literary works? Oh, sure, I get the wanting to eliminate unnecessary words. And I perfectly understand changing up the sounds before sounding like a weird poem where everything rhymes with -LEE. But even when I comb out those things, it’s still yelling at me. It might be happy if I didn’t use any adverbs at all. But how boring would that be?
And don’t even get me started on it’s issues with sentences that start with words ending in “-ing” or anything possessing the passive tense. Or pronouns. Grr.
And now, back to the grind.