The Problem with Adverbs

Nat Russo Adverbs, Basics, How-To, Qualifiers, Writing 20 Comments

If you’ve been studying the craft of writing for any length of time, you’ve undoubtedly come across countless writers who think adverbs are evil. As you can see from the previous sentence, I don’t think they’re evil. But I do think you need to exercise caution when using them in your fiction. We should start by defining what they are. Then I’ll talk about the problem with adverbs in general and offer a demonstration of why they can be problematic.

Nat RussoThe Problem with Adverbs

Revision Checklist – Part 1 of 2

Nat Russo Adverbs, Capitalization, Checklists, Editing, How-To, Qualifiers, Revision, Word Count 21 Comments

[Updated 5/09/2014] In an earlier post titled Revising Your First Draft: The First Read-Through I teased you all with mention of a Revision Checklist and going into a deeper dive of my own revision process. Before I go there, I want to caution you: if you are still in the middle of writing your first draft, you do not want to read this post. You heard me. If you’re still producing your first draft, close this browser tab and back away from the blog. Better still, bookmark this post for later review…then step away from the blog. Ok. We should be alone now. If any of those “first drafters” come back, someone nudge me or something. We can’t have them poking around here …

Nat RussoRevision Checklist – Part 1 of 2