I hate to nitpick but.......

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Doc Creed

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the word "gravely" is used way too much in this book, especially in the first half; I kept seeing the word over and over again and groaning. That being said, this is an amazing book, way better and far more emotional than the Kubrick movie.
This is something that would not bug me, necessarily, but next time I read it I will look for this.
 
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Doc Creed

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I guess it just bugs me because I like to write and I tend to be careful about that sort of thing.
Yeah, if you've seen my posts you know I'm sensitive to that kind of thing, too. In On Writing, King does own up to this particular proclivity and in his defense I'd say he has gotten better. Having said that, there are books loaded with adverbs (even repeated adverbs) that are often lauded, such as Look Homeward, Angel. Thomas Wolfe was a genius and he walked to his own rhythm and I'd bet he didn't give two shakes about excessive adverbs. :laugh:
I tend to agree with Stephen's advice...use them sparingly.
 

Religiously_Unkind

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Yeah, if you've seen my posts you know I'm sensitive to that kind of thing, too. In On Writing, King does own up to this particular proclivity and in his defense I'd say he has gotten better. Having said that, there are books loaded with adverbs (even repeated adverbs) that are often lauded, such as Look Homeward, Angel. Thomas Wolfe was a genius and he walked to his own rhythm and I'd bet he didn't give two shakes about excessive adverbs. :laugh:
I tend to agree with Stephen's advice...use them sparingly.
Exactly; I learned a lot from On Writing, probably the most helpful book I've ever read.
 

skimom2

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Eh. It happens--writers (and editors) are human. Sometimes a word gets stuck in your head and falls out of your pen/typing fingers willy nilly (I struggle with 'really', and I've seen a lot of writers who overuse 'a little'). Usually an editor will slap your metaphorical hand and get rid of the repetitive word. If it doesn't happen, and the writer is otherwise talented it's usually no big deal.
 

Religiously_Unkind

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Eh. It happens--writers (and editors) are human. Sometimes a word gets stuck in your head and falls out of your pen/typing fingers willy nilly (I struggle with 'really', and I've seen a lot of writers who overuse 'a little'). Usually an editor will slap your metaphorical hand and get rid of the repetitive word. If it doesn't happen, and the writer is otherwise talented it's usually no big deal.
Good point.
 
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