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Friday Flash Prompt: What To Do About Adjectives and Adverbs?

When I think of adverbs, I think of Sat­ur­day morning’s School­house Rock mes­sage:

Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, get your adverbs here.
Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, got some adverbs here.
Come on down to Lolly’s, get the adverbs here!
You’re going to need
If you write or read,
Or even think about it. 

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How much has changed! “They” now say, if you’re going to write, you don’t need adverbs or adjec­tives. Well, that might be a bit of an over­state­ment. But adjec­tives & adverbs are some­thing they say should be avoided, the logic being that weak nouns need adjec­tives and weak verbs need adverbs. Why say “slowly walked” when you could say saun­tered? Write with strong verbs & nouns, and you won’t need to mod­ify them.

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Friday’s Prompt gives you two options: 

  1. Write a flash that con­tains no adjec­tives or adverbs.
  2. Write a flash that pur­posely fills the flash with adjec­tives and/or adverbs. Make the title “Mod­i­fiers.”

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One comment

From Todd B Stevens

I see an evo­lu­tion of uses of these words. There was a time in which we car­pet bombed adjec­tives and adverbs. We called it Vic­to­rian Lit­er­a­ture. Great expen­di­ture of effort for smaller effects. I con­sider my adverbs and adjec­tives laser tar­geted. I use them to destroy nouns with­out affect­ing the sur­round­ing verbs and appa­ra­tus. But poetry is more about con­trast than prose, even flash prose. I’ll try both these prompts.

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