Dear Me- Writers’ Hub Challenge

Letter to Me

Letter to Me

Dear Me,

I must alert you to the fact that though you started out as a tell-er you are now a better show-er.

I know it was not easy to release the adverbs. You shook your head at the thought of relegating words to the limited use section. You twisted your lips together tightly as you checked online sources to confirm the accuracy of the rule. You rushed to your bookshelf and pulled down a book by your favorite author. Flipping through the pages, you scanned the text for the elusive pairing of letters l and y.

I’m convinced,” you said out loud to yourself. With a nod of your head, you closed the hardback book and returned it to the shelf reserved for favored tomes, ready to write without adverbs.

In addition, I want to compliment you on your efforts to find your blogger’s voice. Perched in front of your keyboard, typing the words in your head, you hit backspace until the print seems right, until the words seem to sound like you to you. With a sigh, and sometimes with a smile, you tap the publish button, fighting against the urge to edit.

Sometimes you continue to make changes and sometimes you don’t. You are growing as a writer.

Sincerely,

Me
Your chief critic and main supporter

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Posted on October 22, 2014, in Uncategorized, Writers' Hub and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Good for you. You made it all the way to the 4th sentence before using an adverb. (pause for you to go back and find it….got it? good) Frankly (intended), I don’t think adverbs should be killed entirely. We just need to be careful to not overuse them. It’s really all about the verbs. If you can concentrate on using the strongest of verbs – and still let a few adverbs sneak in now and again – you’ll be fine. Better than fine. Personally (intended), I think voice is a much more powerful tool and good for you for embracing yours and refining it through your writing.

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  2. Good eye! I did not even see that. Like you, I don’t think we have to eliminate them all. Thanks for taking time to read my post.

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  3. I sincerely enjoyed reading your post and loved the “hidden humor” in it. Well done! Your writing is so honest and open to your thoughts, and it is so refreshing and fun to read. Like you, I was thinking I can’t write the adverbs, I can’t write the adverbs, then after a while I felt like, Oh what the heck! Sometimes I like the adverbs! LOL

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  4. Save the adverbs! Where would Tom Swift be without them?

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