Who knew I was so fond of the word brightly?
Turns out I am. Fanatical, even. In one of my recent editorial passes at my novel, I came to realize that I liked one of my characters to respond “brightly” to practically everything she did when she was of a certain mood.
She smiled brightly (well, yeah, who doesn’t?)
She laughed brightly (ditto)
She replied brightly (maybe not universal, but still.)
And sometimes, just sometimes, she even LOOKED brightly.
Yikes. Enough already!
Now, I am still committed to this charming and pivotal aspect of her personality, but, man! Methinks I need to lay off the brightness. There are other ways to suggest someone is: hopeful/sunny/optimistic/cheerful. Particularly when one doesn’t depend on an adverb to do it.
What about you all? Any descriptive words, phrases, analogies that you find yourself drawn to like a moth to a (bright!) flame?