I've suffered from what many might call purple prose. It took a revisit with Hemingway and an old mentor's novel to see that was my problem. I spend too much time describing things, and I don't seem to spend a whole lot of time working out the story. I've decided to give myself a sort of word-length leash. I am working on a novel that will not go over 125,000 words or about 500 pages. That seemed reasonable, but then I thought, how do I make sure I don't succumb to purple prose along the way? Easy: chapters are kept between 1,250 and 3,500 words maximum. We'll see if this experiment works out in my favor.