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I’ve edited many books, short stories, and even papers by authors who seemingly believed that ambiguous, dramatic, and descriptive words (and even repetition) somehow increased their document’s level of professionalism. Perhaps they were attempting to make the scene come alive for the reader or evoke a sense of rambling thought—very noble intentions indeed. Regardless, unnecessary wordiness and redundancy are generally considered unacceptable in professional writing. read more »
First of all, if someone tries to lure you in with a line like that, then strings you along for a while before attaching a price tag to it, recognize that their primary aim is to sell you something: it’s called a crock of shit, and you shouldn’t pay a penny for it. read more »