... when preparing to sub to pro-market mags like the New Yorker, Paris Review, etc.
When a story is coming out pretty good and I think it might have a slim chance with the big boys I start trying to be sophisticated while I'm finishing up the story. It happens automatically. As a result the story suffers and comes out like a stuffed sock or something. I do make an effort not to try to go out of my way to sound impressive and just let the story unfold as it needs to without any hyperbolic hoopla. It's difficult though and I don't entirely succeed.
Can anybody relate?