Superior snark from Josh Hallet
Excellent advice from BL Ochman. One thing she and I disagree about, long essays on blogs. The most popular entries on this blog are the long entries consisting of original reporting. If it takes 2,000 words to describe something, then write 2,000 words. Write 3,000 words if the subject requires it. Just make sure you are using those words to communicate something interesting to your reader and not show off or be pretentious.