Adverbs & Other Thoughts on Editing

Stephen King is famous, or infamous depending on your view, for stating, "I believe the road to Hell is paved with adverbs..." I disagree. I love adverbs! One of my pet peeves is that they are not used enough in conversation. "Jane ran quick," is the same as nails on a chalkboard for me. However, in my writing, I have had to compromise on using adverbs. This brings me to editing. I love editing. Unlike most authors I actually know (notice the use of an adverb there), I write too many words. At the end of my first draft, I always have thousands of extra words. At least 5K words that need to be cut. I love my Hemingway software. I pop in my document and moments later I have suggestions for ma

On a Serious Note

Normally, I'm all about humor. In every situation. It's how I cope. But there's nothing funny about Harvey. I find it hard to watch the news or look at the images. It's heartbreaking. I'm writing this from the safety and comfort of my own home. With a/c and electricity. I know exactly how fortunate I am. In 1993 and 1994, I was part of a group of first responders from Pennsylvania that responded to Illinois and Georgia, respectively. Both areas had been devastated by flood waters. I have not seen such destruction up close since. The town in Illinois looked like a war zone. The streets were piled high with debris. And by debris I mean the destroyed personal items accumulated over a lifetime.

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