Adverbs are clumsy. Adverbs are crutches. You fall back on to adverbs when your verbs are not strong enough. Or your characters are not defined well enough.
Your verbs should be strong. As should the description of your characters.
So improve your verbs. Improve your characters. Don’t adverb yourself.
As usual, let’s look at a couple of ham-handed examples:
He laughs heartily.
Know this. Your character ‘laughs heartily’ because you have not been able to establish yet that your character is the kind of a guy that has a hearty laugh. Otherwise, he would just laugh.
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‘Won’t you ask me out for coffee?’, Tanuja said flirtatiously.
Is your Tanuja a really, really boring girl? Is there a risk that she will say such a flirtatious line as ‘Won’t you ask me out for coffee’ in a non-flirtatious manner? No. Then?
Here, let me improve it.
‘Won’t you ask me out for coffee?’, Tanuja said.
Wow, Tanuja, you are cool. Would you have coffee with me?
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Amit looked forlornly at the couple walking by the lake, hand in hand.
Why would Amit look forlornly at the couple walking by the lake, hand in hand? Because Amit is single, and he wants a girlfriend.
But that’s the gist of your story. You will establish it anyway in your story now, won’t you? They why break the excitement by making him forlorn so early? C’mon, be nice to poor Amit.
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So don’t. Edit your adverbs. In fact, chop them. Chop them all.
You are good. You don’t need stupid adverbs.