I'm having an adverb-related breakdown at the moment so I thought I'd ask a writing blog: why do all these writing advice posts act like adverbs are the worst thing in the world absolutely ever and you should never ever ever use them ever? Why were they even invented if they shouldn't be used? [cont]
[cont] I write for the love of words, I write because I love to use words, and being told that I shouldn’t use adverbs and should use as few adjectives as possible seems weird. Being told not to use words when writing just seems completely counter-intuitive to the entire process of creating something out of, you know, **words**.
What these people fail to understand is that styles of writing are as unique as the writers themselves.
I never cease to impressed by how diverse writing styles can be: their words can be a sunset of bright, colorful language, cool and contemplative as a forest in winter, floral and bursting with life, rich as chocolate cake, sleek as a razor blade.
People who offer such cut and dry advice about writing (“No adverbs!!!!!” “Don’t use “said!!!!!” “Don’t describe eye-color!!!!!” “NEVER have your characters smirk or chuckle!!!!!” “Happy endings are boring!!!!”) forget what makes writing such a vibrant means of self-expression to begin with.
In short, don’t become a good author by their standards. Become a good author by yours, and you will find your audience.
I hope this helps, and happy writing! <3