Thursday, May 18, 2017

Ranking authors by their adverb use

Ranking authors by their adverb use: The famously spare Hemingway used 80 words ending in -ly per 10,000 words of prose; JK Rowling uses 140 adverbs per 10,000 words, and EL James uses 155.


Deb said...

I'll try not to dwell on what those E.L. James adverbs are!

Max Allan Collins said...

I'm not an anti-adverbs guy, or an anti-adjectives guy either. If they add, use 'em; if they're superfluous, or ruin tone, dump 'em. But why abandon any colors in your painter's palette?