Although it may not be obvious, I try to get better at writing. I will read a couple books on writing every year and I’m always a sucker for “5 Ways to Write Better” blog posts that authors create.
One main reason why I blog regularly is to practice writing and communicating.
A rule of writing I have seen frequently is “avoid using adverbs.”
Adverbs are words that describe verbs. Good writing skips adverbs and uses stronger verbs. For instance:
She loudly put the book down.
is better said
She slammed the book down.
Most adverbs could be eliminated by using a stronger verb. I’ve had this rule beaten into my head since most writing advice will bring it up. I may not do it, but I at least know the rule, which is half the battle.
Adverbs are the enemy. Adverbs are bad. Avoid adverbs. This is the first thing my brain brings up when hearing the word “adverb.” Which is why it struck me the other day when I read this quote:
God loveth adverbs
Are you suggesting that God is a bad writer? What giveth?
It’s an old Puritan quote. As far as I know, the idea behind it is that God wants to know how we do things, not just whether we did it.
I Corinthians 13 seems an easy passage to back that up. You can give all your goods to feed the poor, but if you didn’t give it lovingly (adverb), it profits you nothing.
Being alive in this present world? Not the main issue. Living soberly, righteously, and godly is the big issue.
The adverbs have it. Maybe God could have used stronger verbs? I don’t know. I hesitate being His editor.