Adverbs Didn’t Win

Not sure how to entitle this blog, but it urges to be written.

I love writing. Had never thought of writing a novel, but friends provided encouragement to take a 5-day class on fiction novel writing. The class started the world of Tricia Gleason, who now is about to complete her 8th adventure, although in “Life Without Arms” spending the first year being a minister and fishing guide raising her armless son is daunting in the best of circumstances.

About 2 weeks ago I finished a novel by David Baldacci, one of my favorite novelists. When I finished I asked myself why he’s so appealing. It hit me. He “puts me in touch with the feelings of the person speaking.” I took the next question to heart, “Why is that?” I discovered it was his world of adverbs! He didn’t write, “He said…” No. He wrote, “He said ruefully.” THAT told me his feelings.

I then went through the Baldacci novel [I’m pretty sure this isn’t plagiarism!] and noted the more helpful adverbs.

I then wrote to a really good friend and my fine, fine novel-writing-teacher, Jim Thayer [I took classes from him in Seattle at the UW.]. Told him about my discovery.

This morning he responded and could not have been more helpful, citing others to confirm his point: “To spend time creating an adverb, even using them indicates weak writing. They aren’t necessary. The fact that someone said something is indicative it has intention.”

I cannot thank Jim enough. So, I will not rewrite the current Tricia Gleason novel, “Sparkling Waters,” which is almost completed. Am getting wonderful help for Tricia and Nathan [her husband] in raising Caleb [their armless son], for which my gratitude cannot be full enough. My full gratitude to Jessica Cox and David Collins.

So, I will do my best at editing and completing the novel, which does end [a sneak tease] with a shocking conclusion as Nathan and Tricia celebrate their second pregnancy. Stay tuned. I share that with you hopefully. Nah, correction! I share that with you. “Stay tuned” is adequate. Yes?


About Mark H Miller

Diane and I live in Leander, Texas. This past June 17, 2015 I celebrated the 49th anniversary of my ordination. We returned to Texas after three years in Washington, during which I served as interim minister in Bellevue/Eastgate and Mercer Island. Am planning to begin a 5th novel that will have my protagonist, Tricia Gleason, serve a year in licensed ministry in Snoqualmie, Washington. The novel, "The Lemon Drop Didn't Melt," will find Tricia wrestling with ministry challenges. None of which more daunting than someone wanting her breathing to stop. All the published novels are available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle under Mark Henry Miller. A primary goal in our return to Texas is to make sure grandchildren get lots of attention--here and in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Traveling is definitely an activity that will not slow down. With that, of course, fishing will happen. To that the t-shirt is apt, "I fish; therefore I am." In addition to novels, the book of Blogs, "Voice Of My Heart," is also available on Amazon.
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