Hey everyone, At the moment I'm mulling over the fact that my writing seems to be too 'academic'. For example, would it be best to write that the character was wet like: Mary Sue eased out of the shower, careful not to lose her footing on the lubricated tiles. She shivered as the cold air met her wet skin, each drop of water that had survived the initial attack from her towel magnifying the chill that ran over her. or Mary Sue got out of the shower, dripping wet and cold. Both are fairly exagerated examples obviously. Is the way in which you describe things, or write in general, dependant on the audience you intend to write for? I hope this is not the case, as I do not like to have a particular audience in mind when writing. It often feels like I am trying to use 'big words' in place of simple, effective writing. This is something I like to refer to as the essay syndrome Does anyone have this problem? Any advice on shaking this terrible habit? It is not something I do consciously, it just seems to happen (makes for very frustrating editing).