I’m still under the weather folks, so I am going to make this brief.
My editor as well as several books I’ve read talks about adverbs. Consider adverbs as a strong spice that you’re cooking with. None will leave the meal bland; too much will spoil your hard work.
Specifically (that word is an adverb), do away with as many as possible. The ‘ly’ and ‘ing’ words mark you as an amateur.
What I did was to highlight all of these words in my ms. Now I can easily see them and decide if they need to be changed. Your goal is to have no more than one or two per page.
That is just one step in self editing. I wished I’d known this about five years ago. With that in mind, I’m passing this information on to you.
Does that help?