Okay…it’s a book…three words…first word...sounds like...
Don’t you love charades? I kick butt at it. I guess it helps to have a husband who can read my mind. Wow, I’m off subject already—not a good start.
I was telling my critique partner Amy just the other day that when I come across a sneaky adverb—I like to play adverb charades. I don’t know if I explained it good enough to her—so I will try again.
How to play:
- When editing or writing and you come across an adverb you know you need to cut, you play—adverb charades.
- What actions can you put into your WIP to replace the adverb?
- Think about how you would act out the adverb in charades.
- Voila—writing magic.
- Before adverb charades: “I’m not going,” Annie said stubbornly.
- After adverb charades: Annie plopped all 40 pounds of her uncooperative self at my feet—shooting me a challenge with her eyes. “I’m not going,” she said.
I use this game all the time to fix my pesky adverbs. I like to think of adverbs kind of like place holders. When I'm in my first few drafts and I just want to write organically, I leave them in. But I always try and replace them with something that shows more.
Did any of that even make sense? It's been a long day :)