Are there any simple efficient tools or programs that will help me in editing by detecting and/or marking adverbs? This is mostly to get rid of word bloat.
I personally have been using this service called Hemingway App. They have it freely online or you can pay 19 dollars to download a desktop version. They mark adverbs and all other issues with your writing such as if the sentence could be potentially hard to read. Some times it flags sentences that sound normal or okay to me, but as I sit there and think about it and work on rewording it, ultimately I come out with something that at least I think sounds better, less wordy and easier to understand. I am use to academic and technical writing so my word choices some times reflect that. I also have a bad habit of writing really long sentences, so by it marking those as difficult to read, it allows me to chop them up and think of better ways of wording it.
Another great option is Pro Writing Aid. It has a free version and a paid Pro version. Even the free version has been helpful for me.
It does a lot more than detect adverbs. It runs through your whole story and analyzes like everything. It tells you all sorts of things that are weak with your writing.
It gives you a report on your writing style, on your grammar, overused words, clichés and redundancies, sticky sentences, sentence length, pronoun use, pacing, etc.
It really does a lot.
Plus it integrates into most tools you already use like Word, Scrivener, Open Office, Google Docs, etc.
And it doesn't just tell you what is wrong. There are really detailed explanations about how to improve.