Readers are smart and smart people don’t need to be told how to feel when they read your story.
The best way to get your readers to feel is, of course, to evoke those emotions within them. As a writer, you do that by using strong nouns and verbs and creating meaningful images and scenes. You don’t do that by using adverbs.
According to author and poet Jack Remick, relying on adverbs to tell our readers how to feel is a lazy way to get to emotion.
In his insightful interview with Joel Chafetz, Remick gives an example of a poorly used adverb—“Get out of here, she said sternly,”—and says it can easily be replaced with something stronger such as, “Get your butt out of here,” she growled.
Another reason Remick says he hates adverbs is because they hide images. Read more