Adverbs are the devil.
Okay, maybe not, but that’s the impression I get from reading how-to-write articles. So we’re supposed to avoid them. And I’m trying. I’ll leave them in dialogue sometimes, but will clean others out of the narrative—unless I think it’s important for voice.
So here’s another bad adverb: Actually
Here are my examples of unnecessary Actuallys in The Proper Way to Say Goodbye.
-Actually, Chloe was gonna come to my buddies’ house for dinner.
-I don’t mind. I think that would be nice, actually.
-Well actually, the place I was thinking of has ice cream too.
- Perhaps they’d kick me out of school. I don’t actually know
Actually… above I just said I leave them in dialogue sometimes. But this is all dialogue, and I took them out. I just don’t need them. They don’t do anything for the sentence.
I went back to an old version of TPWTSG and counted my Actuallys. I only dropped them from 19 to 11. So it’s not a huge problem, but if I’m doing it with all sorts of adverbs, than it is a problem.
Do you struggle with adverbs?