Adverbs, Dialogue Tags and :gasp: Other Horrid Things...
Yes, yes, we've all heard how horrible both adverbs and excessive dialogue tags can be. We're not supposed to have them - or at least not be heavy-handed or weird with them.
"Forget all that!" she shouted peremptorily.
Which is to say, while you're pounding out your NaNo words, don't bother nitpicking these things. If you want your character to shout and you feel the need to tack an adverb on there, too, don't waste time editing those words out. Editing is for later. Let your fingers do the typing, and you can chastise them later for the crap they spewed onto your pages.
I look at it this way. I let my fingers do the talking (or rather my subconscious mind speaking through my fingers, but you get the gist), and more often than not those dialogue tags and adverbs are left as clues to how my brain wants the scene to be laid out later. Without them, each scene would take me loads more time to write. And as we all know, NaNo is not about taking your time. It's about getting words on paper because...
You can't fix what ain't there.
If your story needs adverbs, type them happily. And if you need a dialogue tag... "Say it, shout it, ask it," she chanted. ;o)
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