on Writing Forward:
“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” – Stephen King
It’s not unusual for writing experts to recommend keeping adjectives and adverbs to a minimum. But many writers prefer to laden their language with modifiers, usually as a way to provide more detail and description for readers. And young and new writers tend to overuse intensifiers, which are adverbs (such as very) that intensify other words.
Should we avoid adjectives and adverbs, or should we welcome them into our prose and poetry with total abandon? As with most things, the best approach is moderation.