It's a known fact by those who read my work before I edit it that I tend to be rather verbose and dense in my initial wordings of things. Readability is rarely my focus when I'm trying to get my ideas down. Really, it shouldn't be the focus of any writer when you're undertaking a first draft. Yet, I always feel that I have to overload every sentence with every possible word I could use. Sometimes, I find myself repeating the same idea but worded differently because I wasn't sure I got it across correctly the first time. So having to use an app to trim things down into a more accessible state, while a bit sad to me, is unfortunately necessary for my continued ability to publish things that people will actually want to read (wink, wink!)
Alas, I have realized that I needed to start splitting up my sentences. It's OK to have only a single idea expressed before a period. I'd often have three or four ideas, while related, packed into a long train broken up only by the occasional comma. I've definitely gotten to the point where I use far less passive voice than I once did. I think it's a result of writing too much about history, too much about the past. But hey, in history, they teach you to write "living history" right? Aren't you supposed to write about it in the present tense? Yeah, well, I guess I didn't get the memo.
So what does all this have to do with adverbs? Well, I use them too much. What gives? Perhaps I like to just give my sentences an extra kick at the end. I don't use them excessively purely to load "weak" verbs with extra undeserved kick. I just use them because I like them. Perhaps it's the suffix -ly that draws me to them. I have no idea. I just really like using them. If you want me to sue me in the court of Proper Grammar Usage or whatever, go right ahead. I will happily contest your mistrust of my fondness for excessive adverb usage, truthfully!
Oddly, according to the Hemingway App, I've written this bit at a 6th grade reading level! This is at the perfect readability to share on the web! Right on!
And I used 10 adverbs when I should have only used two or fewer in a piece of this length... Bummer!