Originally posted as the Dun Writin’—Now Whut? series on this blog, EDITING 101 is a weekly refresher series for some of you and brand new for others.
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Cutting “ly” Adverbs and Enhancing Scenes
Good morning, proactive, hands-on self-editors! Are you ready for your next task?
In EDITING 101: 03 ‘THAT’s the Problem in Revising’, we talked about cutting out individual words and decreasing word count. I told you then we’d talk further about more cutting, but in a way which would increase your word count. That’s what will happen when you cut out “ly” adverbs.
First off, why are “ly” adverbs so horrible? They’re not. Yes, you heard me right—they’re a perfectly legitimate part of English and their appropriate use is not prohibited. Let me state it another way:
It’s ok to use “ly” adverbs!
“I think she’s really gone off the deep end this time, Chris. Honestly…
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