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11) Don’t be a know it all – No one, and I mean no one, likes the person who decides to try and show off that they perhaps know a bit more about writing than another person; all it comes off as is immature and arrogant. If you’re using some ridiculously long and complicated word to try and say what could be done better, make sure you post a meaning for it, or use a less complex word for it. You won’t seem smarter, you’ll just seem like the guy who likes to copy and paste big words.
And this rule is just really awful advice for a beginning writer.
Writing is a skill that can be cultivated. There's a reason why Poe, Hearn, Borges, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Rowling are celebrated (or criticized) while typical fanfics are the subject of snickering if they get any acknowledgment from outsiders. I don't even like Rowling's work, but I can instantly see how her skill in word-weaving surpasses that of many people. I may dislike Harry Potter, but I would be mad to suggest that anyone here has written anything better or comparable to it.
And this rule just aches of insecurity. It basically says "Don't use long words because we resent you for going over our heads."
There is a thing called prosody. Prosody is the pattern or rhythm that words make when strung together in sentences. Sometimes a sentence that would sound clumsy, choppy, dry, or monotonous due to basic vocabulary can be made more lyrical—and much more impressionable to the senses—when a suitable word—even a long or complicated one—is inserted into the rhythm.
Here is a passage from a distinguished author's short story that is made great thanks to its meaningful use of uncommon vocabulary, and would be made much weaker if it were rendered in flat, simplified, easy words:
Not as the plants and flowers of Earth, growing peacefully beneath a simple sun, were the blossoms of the planet Lophai. Coiling and uncoiling in double dawns; tossing tumultuously under vast suns of jade green and balas-ruby orange; swaying and weltering in rich twilights, in aurora-curtained nights, they resembled fields of rooted serpents that dance eternally to an other-worldly music.
Many were small and furtive, and crept viper-wise on the ground. Others were tall as pythons, rearing superbly in hieratic postures to the jeweled light. Some grew with single or dual stems that burgeoned forth into hydra heads, and some were frilled and festooned with leaves that suggested the wings of flying lizards, the pennants of faery lances, the phylacteries of a strange sacerdotalism. Some appeared to bear the scarlet wattles of dragons; others were tongued as if with black flames or the colored vapors that issue with weird writhings from out barbaric censers; and others still were armed with fleshy nets or tendrils, or with huge blossoms like bucklers perforated in battle. And all were equipped with venomous darts and fangs, all were alive, restless, and sentient.
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MorgansTShirt wrote:SoggyNoodles2016 wrote:wow. you are pretentious.
And damn glad for it.
If this is your way of saying "I'm going to start poop to get a rise out of everyone" then don't even do it. I, along with the rest of the mod/admin team will warn you if you do that. I will not give out another verbal warning.
Everyone else, drop the subject.
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