In the near future I will be making some posts about creativity techniques that use adverbs (and adverbial phrases) and I will be linking to this post.
Listing adverbs and adverbial phrases
With this first method I take some random words from directed-association results:
Example: priceless, parliament, improve
and use the first three letters to trigger adverbs. Thus:
priceless = privately, primitively, priggishly
parliament = partially
improve = imperatively, imperiously, importantly
I can also make up adverbs. So with a random word 'Boomtown' I could create an adverb and a possible meaning:
Booly = in a way that shocks people
With a random word 'puns' I could create:
Punily = in a way that uses puns
With the second method I pick off verbs/actions from the directed-association results:
Example: disrespecting, crying, learning
and consider adverbs or adverbial phrases that could 'fit' the actions:
Disrespecting is done: rudely, with attitude, angrily
Crying is done: tearfully, sadly, with the eyes
Learning is done: studiously, cerebrally, with books, by using the memory
I can also pick random words and create verbs before I consider adverbs that fit. So, with a random word 'trophy' I create the verb-form 'trophying'.
Trophying (winning a trophy) is done: triumphantly, gleefully, arduously, after lots of hard work
With method three my aim is to go beyond the predictable by naming a specific action before I consider adverbs that fit. I do this by using a template:
Name an X action
and choosing a random word for the 'X'.
Name a weapon action
From this I can name possible actions:
Loading a gun, firing a gun, choosing a weapon, hitting someone
and then pick one of these actions and consider adverbs that fit:
Firing a gun is done: powerfully, with bullets, with a target in mind, aggressively.
I can also list actions using the template:
Name an X X action
and choosing two random words thus:
Name an Haywain official action
Possible actions: guarding the Haywain, restoring the Haywain, explaining the Haywain (by a tour guide)
I then, as before, choose an action and consider adverbs that fit:
Restoring the Haywain is done: expertly, with oil paints, every ten years, with a relaunch date in mind.
See also: Listing adjectives and adjectival phrases