I'm quickly learning that adverbs are the bane of writers. I've heard no-so-quiet rumblings that adverbs are to be avoided at almost all costs. I didn't believe it. How can, roboticly, cautiously, tenderly, violently, be sooo bad? I love them.
But I've learned at conferences, books, and in my online wanderings that adverbs can be a sign of weak, immature, lazy writing. Suddenly I have to look at my work differently?
Okay I get the idea that a strong verb is better than a week verb + an adverb. Example:
The crowd cheered loudly...
The crowd exploded...
I get that. I do. But where I get confused is:
If you want keep your writing concise aren't adverbs useful? Isn't it tighter to say, "She slipped silently into the hungry darkness." As opposed to, "With faint footfall, alerting no one, she slipped into the hungry darkness." Maybe the second is better? I don't know.
Side note: I'm currently reading a book littered with adverbs...and I really like it...the book and the adverbs :)