My advice to authors of short stories?
The kitchen sink is out of play.
Throwing every word you’ve ever known, including the proverbial kitchen sink, at your project just won’t cut it, my friends. You’ve got to pick and choose from your arsenal of verbal weapons.
Don’t be grabby. Be smart.
You’ve only got so many attempts to knock a target down with a short story. Choose what you throw at it wisely… and leave the poor sink alone.