We've all read stories where the writing is extremely captivating, simply because the flow and choise of words are exquisite. But then when we have finished reading and reflect on what we've read, we realize that the story it self was rather forgettable. I've realized that many writers almost seem to lure their readers in simply by using fancy words and writing methods that grip you, despite the words not meaning much in context to the story, and despite the story and characters being bland and flat-out poorly written sometimes. I've found myself trying desperatly hard to make my work sound cool and "smart", often by using fancy, long, and complicated words and sentences that often don't have any importance to the story at hand, and if anything just make a story that should be pretty short way longer than it should be. I've found that despite the fact that it is pleasing to read, it also ruins the flow of a scene, making it drag on when it should have already been over, and making the reader feel lost in the actual events that take place. After having a friend read some of my work, I've also found out that I often don't realize that I am doing this, so my main question is: What are some signs that point to me going too far for the sake of having a "fancy" writing style?