smacking adverbs and other things

Yesterday and the day before, I spent hours cleaning up A Study In Magic. I remember removing a lot of adverbs. Oh boy, so many adverbs. Chamber of Secrets plotline was the worst offender. A literal hundred of adverbs per chapter. I’m pleased to note my later writings doesn’t suffer from a deluge of adverbs. Overuse of certain phrases on the other hand… I’m not sure if its an actual problem, or if I’m noticing them because they stick out. I’m tempted to write a program that analyzes a document of word/phrase use distribution, its scatter and whether it is sparse. (more…)