I've just finished an exercise from The First Five Pages: A Writer's Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile by Noah Lukeman.
Wow! Is my face
very red! I didn't think I had a problem overusing
adjectives and adverbs. But I do. Maybe you knew?
The exercise was to take the first page of a manuscript and highlight all the adjectives and adverbs. I found four adverbs and 28 adjectives. Whew!
Three of the adverbs and 13 of the adjectives proved indispensable. The rest I ruthlessly cut--a word savings of 5%! I also exchanged a commonplace noun in the first paragraph with a snazzier one.
Have you examined your modifiers?