Stephen King, you are a real bastard. And thank you for that!

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Liberty Kifer

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I am doing a lot of reading as I am working on my first novel, and just finished reading On Writing (I loved it.)

I picked up an old (1957) book of Philip K Dick's last week and decided to dive into it tonight. I adored Ubik, and A Scanner Darkly, so I wasn't sure why I was finding this one so hard to read. Then all at once it dawned on me that this early Dick book was RIDDLED with adverbs, including a staggering number of them in dialog attribution. I'm not sure if I ever would have figured it out if not for the advice in On Writing, but there it was, glaring off the page at me.

I got out a pen and underlined all of them for a while, I counted 58 in 9 pages.

I can't read any more of this book. It's ruined for me. Which is why you're a bastard, Mr. King. But I'm also really thankful that you made me aware of how insidious this habit is, and how irritating.

Anyone else seeing this everywhere now??
 

DiO'Bolic

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Welcome.

Alas, why do adverbs get such a copious bad rap, DiO said, dolefully?
 

GNTLGNT

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I am doing a lot of reading as I am working on my first novel, and just finished reading On Writing (I loved it.)

I picked up an old (1957) book of Philip K Dick's last week and decided to dive into it tonight. I adored Ubik, and A Scanner Darkly, so I wasn't sure why I was finding this one so hard to read. Then all at once it dawned on me that this early Dick book was RIDDLED with adverbs, including a staggering number of them in dialog attribution. I'm not sure if I ever would have figured it out if not for the advice in On Writing, but there it was, glaring off the page at me.

I got out a pen and underlined all of them for a while, I counted 58 in 9 pages.

I can't read any more of this book. It's ruined for me. Which is why you're a bastard, Mr. King. But I'm also really thankful that you made me aware of how insidious this habit is, and how irritating.

Anyone else seeing this everywhere now??
....he posted gleefully.....
 

Neesy

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I am doing a lot of reading as I am working on my first novel, and just finished reading On Writing (I loved it.)

I picked up an old (1957) book of Philip K Dick's last week and decided to dive into it tonight. I adored Ubik, and A Scanner Darkly, so I wasn't sure why I was finding this one so hard to read. Then all at once it dawned on me that this early Dick book was RIDDLED with adverbs, including a staggering number of them in dialog attribution. I'm not sure if I ever would have figured it out if not for the advice in On Writing, but there it was, glaring off the page at me.

I got out a pen and underlined all of them for a while, I counted 58 in 9 pages.

I can't read any more of this book. It's ruined for me. Which is why you're a bastard, Mr. King. But I'm also really thankful that you made me aware of how insidious this habit is, and how irritating.

Anyone else seeing this everywhere now??

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