Like fouls in basketball, they're there to be used.
But then I started reading about the craft of writing in books and blogs and webpages ... and from what I read you'd think those nifty little adverbs were bad. I was surprised because I remember exercises in school where we were taught to use them.
Oh, and then I remembered that what they teach you in school isn't necessarily the best way to do things in the real world. So, I did a search of my completed WIP, and guess how many "ly" words I had?
As I've gone through in this edit, I noticed that using "ly" words is easy. They do the job so well, in fact, that they're a little too easy--because there are other ways to phrase sentences, and sometimes those other ways result in much better writing.
But should I conclude that all adverbs are bad? What do you think? Is this concern mostly an American issue? Do you other English speakers have issues with adverbs? Rowling used them liberally. Should we cut them out completely as one of the articles below suggests, or should we just use them with discretion? Are they okay to use but not in dialogue?
What's your philosophy?
Following are some articles I've read these
Those "ly" Ending Words
Seriously, What's So Bad About Adverbs?
Maybe Not All Adverbs Are Bad Guys