I received an email last night that my novella, The Last Daughter, won second place in the 2014 International Digital Awards in the Suspense Short category. As happy as I was to win second, I was just as disappointed that it wasn’t first place. Does that sound ungrateful? I’m not ungrateful. I treasure every good review and compliment and award I get when it comes to my writing. I NEED the kudos. Any negativity just throws me into a deep, dark mental hole.
I know my writing lacks a certain sophistication, and I can’t help but think that’s what the problem might be. Of course, I’m going back to an article I read that said publishers/editors/agents are looking for sophisticated writing. And then I remember the Amazon review that stated my book sounded as if it was written by a teenager.
What is sophisticated writing? One article I read stated to reach that level we need to increase our vocabulary. Another article stated sophisticated writing doesn’t mean using big words. There are so many opinions and points of view.
I recognize sophisticated writing, I just can’t figure out how I can achieve it. Maybe I do write like a teenager. If so, it’s probably because I think and talk like one too.
Would love your take on sophisticated writing. Share.