List of Adverbs for Writers

Hey Writers!  Here is a list of adverbs I’ve compiled to help you become a better writer! (please read all the way to the bottom)

A

absurdly
adoringly
advantageously
adventurously
aggressively
agreeably
alarmingly
angrily
apologetically
arrogantly
asininely
assuredly
awkwardly
B bashfully
blindly
boldly
brashly
bravely
brazenly
brightly
blissfully
C callously
charmingly
cheerfully
clamorously
classily
cleverly
crazily
considerately
contemptuously
cordially
courageously
cowardly
coyly
crassly
D dangerously
debonairly
delightfully
devilishly
disdainfully
dutifully
E eagerly
earnestly
elegantly
evenly
evilly
exhaustingly
expectantly
F forcedly
favorably
fearfully
fiercely
fierily
fitfully
flirtingly
foolishly
furiously
G garishly
garrulously
gladly
gleefully
gracefully
graciously
gratefully
groggily
H haughtily
heavily
honestly
hopefully
hopelessly
humorously
hungrily
hurriedly
I ingratiatingly
innocently
inquiringly
inquisitively
insightfully
intuitively
irritably
J jealously
jokingly
jovially
K kinetically
kinkily
knavishly
knowingly
kookily
L lamentedly
languorously
lasciviously
longingly
lovingly
lucidly
lusciously
M madly
magnanimously
malevolently
maliciously
malignantly
maniacally
manipulatively
masterfully
meditatively
mellifluously
melodically
menially
mercifully
mercilessly
mournfully
N nasally
nastily
naughtily
nauseatingly
needily
nefariously
negatively
nervously
noisily
O obediently
obligingly
obnoxiously
obsessively
obstinately
oddly
offensively
openly
optimistically
ostentatiously
P pallidly
pitifully
placidly
plainly
pleasingly
politely
poorly
Q quaintly
queasily
queerly
querulously
questioningly
quickly
quiescently
quietly
R rabidly
rambunctiously
raucously
realizingly
rejoicingly
relishingly
roguishly
S sadly
salaciously
sanguinely
savagely
sentimentally
seriously
speedily
sexily
sharply
silently
sloppily
slowly
spaciously
superciliously
T tacitly
tastefully
teasingly
tediously
thankfully
tragically
tumultuously
U unabashedly
unapologetically
undeniably
unwaveringly
urgently
usually
V vaguely
victoriously
villainously
violently
vivaciously
vociferously
W warmly
waveringly
wearily
wickedly
willfully
wistfully
woefully
X xenophobically
Y yearnfully
youthfully
Z zanily
zealously
zestfully

How can you use these adverbs to become a better writer, you ask? I have an answer for you:

Don’t.

I listed out all these adverbs to remind you to avoid using them, and let your writing better speak for itself.

As Stephen King said (note, I disagree with the author of this post, but it contains King’s quotes and illustrates his points well) “the road to hell is paved with adverbs.”

Or at the very least, use them sparingly.

The “A” Game – 20K+ Randomized Writing Prompts for Flash Fiction

Something we do regularly at Toronto Horror Writers group is free-writing exercises, games, and prompts for writing flash.

For our last get together, I put together a small exercise for randomly generating up to 20,736 unique writing prompts. While I’m sure there are many other similar things out there like it, I thought I’d share for those who might be interested.

The “A” Game

Equipment required (per participant):
Copy of game sheet
– 2 six-sided dice

Procedure for each round of writing:
1. Participant rolls first die
2. Participant rolls second die. If the roll is 3 or less, than take the value of the first die. If it is 4 or greater, add 6 to the value on the first.
3. Repeat steps 1-2 for each category on the game sheet (setting, character, object, style)

When finished you should have a writing prompt built from the above
e.g. Write a horror story set on a faraway alien planet about a lawyer and an amulet.

I’ve called it the “A Game” because each of the possible 12 choices for each area (except for style) start with “a” on my game sheet. Some of my choices are quite silly – of course, you could make even more writing prompts by coming up with other settings, characters, objects, and genres!

Hopefully this will be helpful for anyone who wants to do something similar in their writing groups, or if just they want to do a fun exercise and write some flash. Let me know what you think in the comments.

– the itch