I'll begin with an analogy of sorts. I used to be a professional musician for a living, and I know more musicians than I can count. There were musicians who weren't really able to play well and I never enjoyed playing in a bad band, but I also knew quite a few who had the "chops" to play almost anything, but who felt compelled to show off their chops at every opportunity, no matter the context. It's as if they were playing to some imaginary audience who were there to be impressed by their "chops." And strangely enough, or not strangely enough, only the bad musicians were impressed. When it comes to writing, I think some fall into the trap of writing to show off skill level rather than to produce a worthwhile work. Just what a worthwhile work might be isn't easy for me to define, but it isn't ONLY descriptive flourishes and magnificent metaphors. I think we may be encouraged here towards trying to impress due to the nature of the "audience." I don't want to dismiss those with talent for verbal flourishes, but I think one can err by doing the literary equivalent of "overplaying. " Of course, I may just be rationalizing my own shortcomings. Thoughts?