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SoCS – The Road to Hell

Day 227

It is time to saunter on over to Linda Hill’s blog to do a little stream of consciousness writing.

The prompt? Well, Linda tells us:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “adverb.” Start your post with any adverb and just run with it. Have fun!


Obviously, Stephen King would not approve of this prompt. To quote his book On Writing:

“I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops. To put it another way, they’re like dandelions. If you have one on your lawn, it looks pretty and unique. If you fail to root it out, however, you find five the next day… fifty the day after that… and then, my brothers and sisters, your lawn is totally, completely, and profligately covered with dandelions. By then you see them for the weeds they really are, but by then it’s—GASP!!—too late.”

When I first read his book, I tried hard to keep the adverbs out of my path. Slowly, over the years, I have welcomed them back and have found that a field of dandelions is sometimes quite breathtaking.

Now, I am absolutely and positively not recommending you go overboard using adverbs even though they can be lovely. Remember, they can also be dastardly little creatures.

The English language is not necessarily easy and grammar rules can be very confusing. Did you notice that adverb did not end in ly? Then there is the conjunctive adverb which I tend to use frequently.

And what about the word adverbial? Tricky little word turned adjective on us.

No, I think Stephen King would be unhappy with this prompt, although he would possibly have used the adverb to scold us in some way.

Now my mind drifts to a mental picture of a road paved with adverbs. If I still had access to my Photoshop program, I would whip that graphic up very quickly. For now, you will just need to use your imagination.


Think you could have written a missive starting with an adverb? Why not pop over to Linda’s blog, read the rules and join in on the fun? We meet here every Saturday.

 

SoCS, Writing

SoCS – Start and End with an Adverb

Day 128

SoCSStream of Consciousness Saturday (#SoCS) offered by Linda G. Hill. If you are interested, the rules and a link will be listed below the post.

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “ends with -ly.” Start your post with any adverb that ends in “-ly.” Bonus points if you end with an adverb too. Have fun!


Reluctantly, I am writing using adverbs this morning. You may wonder why I feel reluctant, so the best thing for me to do is to write about adverbs as well. The blame for reluctance falls on the shoulders of Stephen King.

Let’s start with his quote from On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft:

“I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs, and I will shout it from the rooftops. To put it another way, they’re like dandelions. If you have one on your lawn, it looks pretty and unique. If you fail to root it out, however, you find five the next day… fifty the day after that… and then, my brothers and sisters, your lawn is totally, completely, and profligately covered with dandelions. By then you see them for the weeds they really are, but by then it’s—GASP!!—too late.”

I am not a huge Stephen King fan — his genre is not my thing. I did love his book on writing, however, and a few things stood out to me. The overuse of adverbs was one of them. I remember going through the exercise of rewriting sentences in search of better ways to be descriptive without the use of adverbs. I even went so far as to refresh my knowledge about when it is grammatically correct to begin and end a sentence with an adverb. Our language loves its rules.

As I was looking for the quote above, I noticed a number websites with articles on the pros and cons of Stephen King’s assault on adverbs. It made me chuckle. When I write, I am a bit colloquial in my dialogue, so following stringent ideas about such usage would weigh me down. Of course, I have not yet come face-to-face with an editor righting my wrongs, so I may very well get my attitude handed to me on a platter.

I am not sure how other writers feel about following grammatical rules. Is it the worry of the writer or the editor? My guess is both. As writers, we should have a certain command of the language. I know I still have bad habits. I overuse the word ‘that’, I like to start a sentence with the word ‘and’, and I still struggle with the good old Oxford comma — Grammarly likes it!

I think this stream of consciousness is drying up. It might be a good thing I only do this weekly.


Follow Linda G. Hill’s blog to write along every Saturday.

Here are the rules for SoCS:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!