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You can improve your writing right away by eliminating all the unnecessary adverbs.
1) Eliminate adverbs by using a correct verb instead.
EXAMPLE: “He walked into the room cockily.”
BETTER: “He swaggered into the room.”
EXAMPLE “She walked into the room confidently.”
BETTER: “She sashayed into the room.”
EXAMPLE: “He looked threateningly.”
BETTER: “He stared hard.”
2) Eliminate the adverbs following the quote attributions.
Try to avoid quotes like:
“I won’t be denied,” she said threateningly.
“What a day!” he chimed happily.
Eliminate the adverbs by opening up their meanings:
“I won’t be denied,” she said, with a voice too cold for August.
“What a day!” he chimed, his eyes swimming with happiness.