I read on another thread (think it was Twit on yours Scattercat?) that use of adverbs is frowned upon. Is this an example of "telling", not "showing"? I'm nearing the end of my book, and I'm aware that I've used adverbs rather regularly. In some instances I've changed the word where I think it flows better without, but I'm wondering if it's something that I'll want to change when I go through and edit. I haven't really read regularly for about 7 or 8 years (degree, and then just not getting round to it) so I'm very aware that I might not be in the best position to judge flow. I do read a fair amount of online material though, so hopefully that will have improved my writing... Anyway, specific examples: "dialogue," Joshua sighed theatrically. "dialogue," Joshua sighed, as he twirled a pencil with a theatrical flourish. Obviously the second is rather more interesting because of the additional information, but is the use of adverbs just something which should generally be avoided? Thanks!