See, you're a woman, and he simply doesn't have the time to read your essay about massaging shea butter onto your nursing bra. Clear and direct expression can still be formal. Often, the three enemies get in the way. It's just an opinion, in the end, just like everything else we say in these posts. Does nuance have any value today? Every criticism feels like a direct assault on me. We sat in the shade next to a stone wall that marked the edge of some strangers property.
How do you define pretentious and what makes pretentious writing? Have to say I am in two minds now. A good writer or a good actor can communicate a big emotion without actually being directly involved. Corvida—Glad you liked the post. Too little ego may also come across in a negative way to others. I don't think a university English program is the place to learn grammar although it all depends on the university and the program. Duff—We agree on being clear. While that may be the way Marie Antoinette saw things, she was not much of a historian.
And, yes, we are all guilty. Reading this makes me think of someone who is young, just starting out learning the ropes of writing. Do not listen to them. Alas, a terrible writer must fall into every struggling writer's life, and these are 13 of the worst ones out there. You can leave flavors natural, you can add a bit of salt, you can put in some squirts of soya or you can douse the whole thing in hot sauce. From your note, it seems like you have done a large quantity of writing.
Is it pedantic, pretentious as fuck and a literary copy of Deepak Chopra? And we are not even talking about a foreign language here. In it there was an old oak that we sat under for a moment or two. Each word, no matter how obscure or arcane, is an aliment in a larder of Archimedian delight, ready to be relished, digested, and ultimately excreted in academic articles. It will take about 10 years for you to figure out what the hell you're doing, just like everyone else. I often go back over my drafts and ruthlessly cut out stuff.
In short order, I found myself having to back up and re-read lengthy passages, sometimes more than once. Paths of feral fire in the coagulate sands. Plus my straight male characters are too damn cocky. Again, this is not an absolute choice. Nobody told him to stop writing, or that he'll never make it as a writer.
Pretentious writing is often constructed in a passive way, as well. So here are four language errors people make that sound a little pretentious. It was jarring at first seeing so many phrases and sentences redlined out, but it was also wonderful. So they felt it complemented it. And no, your work is not pretentious. Humble people find anwers in a church.
I like to find answers in other people's happiness. You could start the passage here and describe the dress capturing the sunlight filtering through the leaves of the oak tree. . If you really mean what you write, your feelings come out of what you write. The point is to get your text as relevant and accurate as possible, without sanitising it so heavily that it becomes boring or cold? Pretentious writing is something you probably learned in college or high school. She came over and whispered something inaudible in my ear.
I don't want to be humble. Assuming generalized acceptance of the current sender-message-receiver theoretical model, in such instances as those applied to communications vis-a-vis information superhighways wrought by Gore et al, a concurrence of thought has been achieved and appreciation acknowledged, and — notwithstanding geographical restrictions only overcome through technology rather than genuine time-space — returned, at least on the initial point, through those very same channels. It's really not a big deal. My first sentence in this post is quite long. I thought my ability to write elevated me above others and I got published and became more insufferable.
I'll just say what I told the other kid in workshop: prepare to hear about it in your reviews for the rest of the book's life, and good luck trying to sell it. The easiest way to write tight is to avoid transitioning between sentences. Other writers can be supportive or incredibly cutting, and almost everyone here is the latter. I am saying that you should use clear words, which may or may not be big. Thinking back to my college days, I recall that the professors who wrote and lectured in a windy, abstruse manner were also the hardest to approach.