When writing I try to refrain from getting too wordy. When reading books like Hard Times by Dickens, or H.P Lovecraft tales it seems almost silly. Maybe if I were born in the 1800s. I would have more of an appreciation of wordy writers. But now, in the age of computers, everything is much simpler. This is because the Internet makes everything accessible to even the poorest individual.
Don’t get me wrong, I think Dickens is a good writer. The thing I really like about him is that he’s really good at writing stories that are very plot centric. But when he uses a word like ejaculated to describe how someone says something, it’s very silly. If someone wrote like that now, the only people who would read that author’s works are geniuses.
In my own writing, I used to have that problem of using really big words. That is because I would use a thesaurus. I would be accused of plagiarism in elementary school, because the teacher knew I wasn’t a literary scholar.
I know, just using he said or, she said sounds boring. The best writer to use the word said would be J.R.R. Tolkien. Just look at the Lord of the Rings. There’s some brilliant brilliant ( Notice it is so brilliant that I used brilliant twice.) writing in the series. Short , simple, and provocative.