How to Become a Dope Writer - Tip #44
44. Simplify your words.
When I first started writing, I loved the idea of using my extensive vocabulary at the same time. I love words, and I love studying the English language, so it only made sense to incorporate that into my work. What I found though is that it is ALL ABOUT CONTEXT! Having an expansive vocabulary is a great tool to use in certain situations but not all. You should be mindful of who your target audience is.
For example, "felicitous" is a word that I would use depending on whom I was talking to or what I was writing about, but in casual conversation or even in my novels, it would just be easier to say "pleasant". Try to re-examine every word that is three syllables or longer and see whether it can be replaced by a simpler word. Now, of course this is not gospel. If the word fits no matter how long it is and is in the correct context, go for it! But try not to go out of your way to be circumlocutory (or too wordy). See, it can become confusing for the reader, so let your work speak for itself!