So, you know the rule? No adverbs? Well, I’ve been using a few adverbs in my writing, lately. It’d gotten to the point where I use practically none. (In my fiction, that is. I don’t seem to have the slightest problem using adverbs galore in my blog, LOL.)
It felt like a naughty pleasure, like a sin that was oh-so fun. I’ll let you know if it’s still there after I polish the chapter tomorrow.
Then I hear adjectives are out? No one told me! Oh shit.
I’ve also noticed (that) I’ve been missing the word that lately. I know it’s out. I eradicated it from my fiction. In my reading, I’ve also noticed (that) other authors have eradicated it, too.
But lately, I’ve found myself having to mentally insert that, in order to clear up a sentence. Right now, I’m not putting them in my fiction (except where absolutely necessary), but I’m finding (that) I want very much to put it in.
I’m told (that) it’s incorrect to use that in such a way, (that) it’s needless and leads to loose writing. But when I read all these sentences with no thats, I often have to go back and re-read the sentence, and adjust my mental inflection of the sentence.
Having to re-read a sentence and re-adjust one’s mental inflection of a sentence has always struck me as a mistake. Something I need to fix. I don’t want to interrupt the flow for a reader, not ever.
Yes, it’s tighter without the thats, but I have to re-read more often. Probably I just read too fast, and it’s something I need to adjust in my reading. Maybe I just read differently, and I need to trust the rule, in this case.
So, for the time being, thats are out, I guess. What do you think?
(If I’m a good little writer, you won’t hear from me all weekend. If you do, you can yell at me for procrastinating. I’ve got 28,000 words to write by Thursday. Plus a DH to welcome home, LOL.)