Description makes or breaks a story, whether it is short or long. But how do you make sure that your prose isn't substandard?
First of all, never start a sentence with 'but' (ahem). Secondly rearrange the words in your sentences. For instance, if you start most sentences in the following way:
Paul walked to the door and searched for the handle.
Try doing this instead:
Walking to the door, Paul reached out to search for the handle.
By doing this, you can avoid having every sentence start the same way.