In Writing, The Adverb Is Not Your Friend

21 May 2019


If you ever played Mad Libs as a kid, you probably have a fond recollection of adverbs. They are the words (usually ending in -ly) that modify verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs: slowly, contemptuously, angrily, mysteriously…

Well, according to famous horror author, Stephen King, adverbs are NOT our friends. In fact, King believes that adverbs, like the passive voice, were created with the “timid writer in mind.”

In this great issue of, the author highlights Stephen King’s book On Writing, as well as King’s strong dislike of adverbs. This article will definitely have you re-thinking everything you have learned about using adverbs!

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