Write in your own style, don't copy!
Ethan’s blog entry on “Short Research Papers” made me consider the role of what people have read themselves in their own writing. People who are not trained as writers and do not understand what goes into writing may think (from what they have read) that writing is meant to use a lot of flowery (and sometimes unnecessary) words. Novice writers are trying to impersonate other greater writers who came before them, thinking they will achieve success through impersonating other people’s styles. I think it is not only a lesson in realizing who the audience of a work is, but also one in finding your own style and not copying someone else’s.