The adverb is not your friend.
"Adverbs, you will remember ... are words that modify verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs. They're the ones that usually end in -ly. Adverbs, like the passive voice, seem to have been created with the timid writer in mind. ... With adverbs, the writer usually tells us he or she is afraid he/she isn't expressing himself/herself clearly, that he or she is not getting the point or the picture across.
Every so often I re-read Stephen King's On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. This time around the passage above was the thing that resonated with me the most.