The next time you're editing a sentence with a list of adjectives, nouns or verbs, try reordering things. See if you can create a more interesting cadence.
Short to long: The girls were short, smart and foolish.
Long to short: they're uncomplaining, aggressive and smart.
Finally, consider replacing or changing elements to bring out alliteration, assonance or rhyme:
The girls were short, smart and shallow.