Writing Glitch #396

Today’s glitch:

Excuse me while I roll my eyes…

Writing with speed instead of quickly to avoid being a “bad writer” by using an adverb is cheating. It’s also awkward and ridiculous (which is why I’m, y’know, ridiculing it).

Fun fact: If a word modifies a verb, it is functioning as an adverb, whether it actually is one or not, and regardless of what grammatical contortions are attempted to avoid that. 

The garage door opened quickly, and suddenly they were face to face.

Consider deleting suddenly, though, because it isn’t necessary, and replacing it with then (which is also an adverb, by the way — not all adverbs end in –ly). Another option would be to delete quickly and let suddenly do all the work. Or change the sentence to The garage door opened suddenly, and they found themselves face to face. 



About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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