A blogger named Revanche is doing a section-by-section review of my writing course on her website, A Gai Shan Life. In the second installment she mentioned being chided by another blogger for a vocabulary that is “far too extensive.”
While she knows that many writers aim for comprehension between the sixth and seventh grade level, she doesn’t want to do that. Revanche writes the way she thinks.
“Using precise words to communicate is so satisfying,” she says. “Even when I sound like a nerd.”
Myself, I use words that feel right. That is, words that fit both the sentence and the meaning I’m trying to convey.