This is something I've recently noticed. I don't know whether it's because of the way I'm feeling right now or it's a serious problem, but I've recently found myself increasingly annoyed at my penchant for long sentences. What usually happens is I write and I write and I write, and then when I look back at my work I find it's too snappy. The sentences are too short and there's often little flow to my writing. So then I go over it and try to lengthen the sentences. What happens then, though, is that I seem to put too many conjunctions in, especially the words but or before. A quick search shows that up to 1.3% of my writing is the word but! e.g. "He pulled his jacket tighter before racing up the hill." "He laughed inside at Harry’s fears, although a cold sweat was beginning to gather on his forehead. He wiped it away but he did slow his pace, making sure of his steps and constantly looking out for guards. His legs ached to go faster, as the feeling of needing the toilet returned, but he would not run, knowing that just one sound could spell the end for him and his friends." This isn't so much a request for advice (i.e. I know the technicalities of conjunction use, and if I didn't I probably wouldn't have recognised it as such). It's more a call for empathy. Does anyone else have a tendency to put too many conjunctions in? Is the use of 1 but every 100 words (so basically 1 every short paragraph) too much?