Traditionally seen as a rather overused blunt tool, adverbs can be the poor cousin as seen in the literary world. For instance, some would argue, why say "She angrily pushed him away" when a stronger verb would work even better. How about "She shoved him away" instead?
Not to miss an opportunity to have a little fun, and raise money for charity in the process, Mike Thomson and Chris Fielden are two writers with vision. Since 2016 they have been running the Adverbially Challenged contest. If you want to join in the fun, all you need to do is send in a 100-word story, stuffed with adverbs. Go absolutely nuts!
Here's my entry, to be published in Adverbially Challenged Volume 5, once we have a total of 100 stories.
"Are you completely stupid?"
Jo's heart thudded heavily. Slowly, she glanced upwards. Towering and literally glowering above her was Edie, the laundromat owner.
"Look at these things. All insanely pink. I told you to properly check inside the drum." She energetically waved a red sock in Jo's face. A mess of ruined shirts rested resignedly in a basket.
Suddenly, sparks of anger ignited floridly in Jo's chest. "I did check."
"Definitely." Jo rose quickly to her feet. "It's you who probably missed—"
"I'm leaving. Find someone else to annoy."
Outside, Jo breathed deeply and smiled.