I have often written paragraphs on these forums, hoping for its members to confirm that they are good. When I wrote them, I tried to be clear, but I also tried to achieve rhythm. Yet the forum members always responded that my sentences were too complex, or that they were too long. Some accused me of deliberately ignoring advice. However, I already read a few books on writing, each containing rules about avoiding the passive voice, using parallel structures, and many more. I tried to follow these rules, and for some pieces, I managed to have success. But for other pieces, which I wanted to give a more dignified tone, I lost sight of them. I seem to lack understanding of what makes a sentence too long, or what makes a sentence too full of clauses. I would like to write a sentence that contains numerous clauses if I could do it correctly. I think that there must be something about the way my clauses unfold information that makes my sentences unclear. I have yet to get a clear understanding from members of this forum about this. Some have said that my sentences are unclear because my ideas are not ordered or logical. I also do not have enough things to write about, so I am not able to get enough practice. On the one hand, I want to write clear; on the other hand, I want to write rhythmically. I feel very anxious jumping from my word processor to my books, and from my books to the forum, becoming discouraged and tired of even trying. One thing I don't like is how members break my sentences down until they sound plain and ordinary. I know it is possible to combine short sentences into coherent, longer ones, which, when their syntax is varied, can take on different tones or voices. I want to follow the advice that is being given to me, but I feel like the advice I need most has to allow me to write long sentences, even ones that attempt rhythm, because my problem seems to be not with mechanics, but with coherence. Anyway, I hope I have not offended anyone and I hope I can get better advice and understanding based on what I have written. Edit: One of the reasons I use archaic words like "for" is because I feel it flows more smoothly, whereas modern prose has a choppy rhythm. Each sentence has a pause, but in older writing, the sentences move more smoothly from one to the next.