Part of quality story telling is the ability to decrease the lengths of your writings. There is this little prolific beast called purple prose
. It used to plague WotW. It was going to plague WOTM. (Sometimes, you can still see visages of this beast echoed in the advanced section when a story is posted and, when read, it has no themes or character development.) Good story telling involves having the ability to cut excess so that all that is left is the lean meat and bones of it all. To put it metaphorically: Stories are like children. If you feed them too little, they starve and die. If you feed them fatty, descriptive foods that don't advance the story, they grow obese and unhealthy and ugly. If you feed them plot point vegetables, character developing fruits and a few exciting climax meats?... Well, then you have yourself a healthy story.
A lot of my reviews, when I actually got around to doing them, pretty much shouted the same thing: "Stop butchering the plot and characters! Stop giving me meaningless words!"