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Podcast: “Don’t Touch That Adverb”

May 4, 2012 by Kiersi

Podcast: Don't Touch That Adverb

In today’s podcast the exceptional Jon Yang and I discuss:

-How carelessness with adverbs can take the punch out of good writing

Some tried-and-true methods of improving descriptions with pacing and vocabulary

-Why “style” has to be earned

Learn how to avoid some common pitfalls, add realism to your writing, and of course, have a good laugh at my expense!

Prolific Novelista - Don't Touch That Adverb


  1. Brenda says:

    I enjoyed listening. I loved Jon’s comment about showing and telling. I remember hearing that and instantly thought about crayons and white paper. I am paranoid about adverbs. You’re suggestion about to be is gospel now, as well as eliminating passive verbs and no LYs. Great pod cast. I feel sorry those poor little adverbs. King’s books is the best. He saved me.

    • Kiersi says:

      Thanks Brenda! I know, Jon cracks me up. I’m glad the advice about “to be” verbs helps you!

  2. Ha! I agree with the “suddenly” commentary. 🙂

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