Whoa, first minutes here and I'm starting a second thread. I guess it can be a common issue but I'd like to hear what you think about this particular situation. I have this friend who proofreads my book and I constantly update her on progress. She's not a pro, we're both in senior year in high school, but I started writing this book years ago and it felt natural for me to go with my drafts to a friend. The habit simply stuck. She's pretty critical, which is good I suppose. Only the last time she criticised my writing voice and I'm not sure what to do with it. I use complex sentences, I love word play and giving common phrases new twists. I swear I don't force myself to sound smart, as it sometimes happens, and it's not over the top. It's just my voice. Turns out it's distracting. She said she can't breeze through the chapter because she needs to sometimes pause, and that a common reader gets distracted easily, so they wouldn't pay that much attention and they'd drift off. Okay, I can't judge that, it may be true. It's actually highly possible my writing isn't meant for popular books readers. But what, should I force myself to write differently? It even souds wrong. So, should I write for a small niche? I'll never afford publishing books that way. Should I just write for the sake writing and leave all my works in the desk? My inner writer screams at the thought of dumbing things down for my book to be an easy read. But my bank account is sobbing, too. Where's the "always there" way out? PS. I'm not a native English speaker, so I can't offer any examples from my writing, unfortunately, otherwise I'd give some to give you a better feeling.