As writers we're always told to avoid those dreaded adverbs, the ly words that add a flowerly flavor to our sentences. So here's a sentence that I read this morning - "Her eyes met mine levelly and coldly.".
I read that and wondered how could you convey the same meaning without the adverbs? Maybe she glared? It doesn't give the same meaning. Maybe her cold eyes stared me down? How would you change that sentence or would you?
Oh yes, the sentence comes from "The Drowning Pool" by Ross McDonald.