That is the question.
Alright, I'm done being nerdy (for now). So, since I'm still feeling like I was hit by a bus and then run over several times, I'm going to try and keep this post short.
Okay, so I'm not sure if I've established how much of a rebel I am when it comes to writing, but I loathe the idea of someone telling me what I can and cannot write. That's not to say I don't follow most of the rules anyway-- because I do. However, it drives me up the wall when I come across post after post of people yabbering away about this writing rule or that writing rule. Seriously? JUST WRITE THE FREAKING THING!
I find that a lot of the time, people write awful stories or dry characters because they spend so much time making sure they follow the rules. They focus too much on the mechanics of writing and not on the ACTUAL writing. Now, that's not to say everyone does this, but a lot do.
One of my biggest writer pet peeves is when people say NO ADVERBS. Yes, a billion and one adverbs is very annoying to read and can also indicate "weak" writing. However, I am not one of those people who slaps the writer's wrist every time I see an adverb-- and trust me, I've received critiques like that and IT. DRIVES. ME. BONKERS!
Most of the time, yes, the adverb can be removed. But what about all the other times when it simply (HAH, take THAT you adverb haters) works?
I'm going to share a secret with you guys. When I send out my story to my betas, I leave all my adverbs in just to see what I can get away with *snickers* If no one brings it up, I leave them. If someone starts snarking at me for them, I may or may not take them out. But honestly (LOL), if I give you a 9 page chapter that happens to have 6 adverbs in them-- 3 of which are IN the dialogue (which so does not count in my books)-- then I say give it up buckaroo, they're stayin' ;)
But don't get me wrong, I tend to remove adverbs if someone points them out. However, for some odd reason, they're the last thing I pluck out of a scene. Maybe it's because it's been several days since I wrote that sentence and the adverb no longer seems as important? Whatever the reason, they're last to go in my books.
What's your take on adverbs? Love em? Hate em? Don't care?