A great blip from Wordsmith’s Word-A-Day:
William Strunk and E.B. White, in their highly-regarded book, The Elements of Style, say:
“Write with nouns and verbs, not with adjectives and adverbs. The adjective hasn’t been built that can pull a weak or inaccurate noun out of a tight place.”
They have a point. Nouns and verbs work better especially when you’re trying to paint a picture with words. Adjectives and adverbs are to nouns and verbs as painting is to stenciling.
But adjectives have their place. There are times when a well-chosen adjective (literally, one that lies [next to a noun]) can do the job of many words, such as when the purpose is to convey an idea quickly and succinctly.
So don’t be afraid to use them, with restraint, particularly if you can find a fresh adjective.
Write on, all!