Well, we heard back and were rejected for our big paper. Our next attempt has 3 times the word limit of this version so I might have to add it to my InaDWriMo project list! The experience has taught me a lot about writing. I try to craft nice paragraphs when I write (ummmm, just not here? Sorry Blogworld...) but it is easier with unlimited space. The combined objectives of saving space, making strong statements and keeping the flow of writing was challenging. Making every word count is something important to abstracts and some grant proposals I've written, but usually there are time constraints involved and it has perhaps, maybe, once happened that the focus was less on making every word count and more on just getting the general point across while remaining under the word limit. Thinking about making each sentence better and each word is optimized will obviously be a great help in trying to make those paragraphs. It has already been useful in my current project (which is better but still causing serious stress) and will continue to be as we revise this paper.