I had long years at school where I learnt basic rules and regulations about writing.
I’m glad I had that grounding. It seems, these days, that young people don’t have that sort of grounding any more. I met a teacher once – oh, in one of those many courses I attended – and she explained that young people don’t get the basic grounding that we got (she was about my age) because there just wasn’t time.
Young people, these days, needed to have computer and IT skills, for instance, which – well, computers hardly existed during my childhood.
We were taught spelling and grammar on a rote sort of basis.
They were keen to instil a wide vocabulary in us – and so we learned more and more words that were not common in everyday speech – and we used them.
When I tried to write popular, genre fiction, I ‘unlearned’ those words, looking for simpler ones that would do in their place – my readers needed to know what I was talking about.
And then I did an academic course, literature and history of ideas, and the words were okay again – and more terms and words implicit with the discussion of those subjects – they might not be easy for a layperson to understand, but they were necessary for that structure we found ourselves in. Sorry, that was a mouthful.
But I write as I write, and I write in different ways to suit what I am writing about, or to suit my mood – my moods can be varied.
Sometimes, you need to join the jargon.
Sometimes, it’s just the dots.