I have been reading some articles on what makes a good fiction writer and read one checklist that annoyed me. It said that using adverbs were a mortal sin and that describing a persons dialogue with anything other than 'said,' was bad too. I've read before, as well, that putting in too many words, or going into too much description is bad abut I disagree! I like to build a world, or be immersed into one (if I am reading) and I want to know everything. I like purple prose! And if you only ever use 'said,' to describe dialogue how would you know in what tone the character is speaking? To be honest, I think it's mainly bullpoop and a good writer is individual. Writing is a creative art and shouldn't be reined in with strict (and stupid) rules. What to you think???