Took isn’t the most evil word to be found in your MS.
But it ain’t great either.
Below are some examples on how to remove took and alter your sentences for the better.
*He took a step forward and peered around the corner. He took in the scene before him. The room was empty. He suspected they were all hiding.
*He stepped forward, peering around the corner. The empty room confirmed his suspicion that his family and friends were hiding.*
The above *stepped*, which is generic, could also be written as, *He inched forward.* or *He edged forward.* Depending on the exact mood you wish to express.
*edged, peering (not looking or glancing), and suspicion.* These are all mood and character words meant to show you that the character is not pleased. Yet, we didn’t come right out and say it. I would guess this character will quite grumpy or sarcastic when the others “surprise” him.
I took a sip of my drink. I sipped my drink.
She took a step toward me. She stepped toward me. (add mood: She slinked toward me.)
He took three steps back. He backed away. (Not: he backed up. Up? Did he just descend a ladder?)
Do a “search” for the word *took* in your MS. See if you can rewrite it. But watch your echoes when replacing words out of context.