Said three chapters now off in the post, I wanted to write something about adverbs and the use of 'as'.
I've mentioned it before, I'm notorious for putting in adverbs after 'she said', 'he said'. I think it probably comes from school, where I was taught never to use the word 'said', but rather 'whispered', 'shouted', 'announced'...everything that is condemned as bad writing when you reach adulthood. So, I now search through my writing for 'ly', and am finding that I'm increasingly getting better at avoiding them.
A new problem I've just learnt about is the use of 'as'. I use it a lot, and that is apparently a sign of an inept writer. *Sigh*
'As' should apparently not be used to mean 'when', 'while', 'because' or 'at the same time'.
I have used 'as' to mean all of these things. Hence, I shall add it to my list of things to avoid doing.