- High cohesion.
- Many coreferences i.e. concept repetition across paragraphs
- Many connectives i.e. explicitly expressed causal relationships
- Syntactic complexity i.e. word count before main verb
- Lexical diversity i.e. range of vocabulary
- Word characteristics i.e. concreteness, imageability, low frequency
Concisely, academic essays earns better grades when complex, but coherent. Good grades correlate with higher Flesch-Kincaid Grade level estimates (12 compared to 9.9).
But that reflects a greater problem: refined art doesn't sell.
In "Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!", three girls make anime. While Asakusa and Misuzaki grind to build beauty, Kanamori constantly pressures them to meet festivals, friends, and followers' deadlines to attract ever-greater pecuniary rewards.
When artists doth protest, Kanamori quips: "You accept money in order to accept responsibility for a job. Pay exists to ensure a quality standard for labor. If we're accepting money for this job, it means we have an obligation to deliver to a certain standard."
Unfortunately, that standard is "what makes money" i.e. raw emotional appeal: simplistic, catchy experiences rather than detailed masterworks. Think James Bay vs. Richard Linklater, Ariana Grande vs. Neutral Milk Hotel, James Patterson vs. James Joyce.
Would you rather make money or make art? Fortunately, with niche culture, you can do both!