really that everyone's trying to jam too much into single sentences?
You don't have to do that! But almost all these participial phrase problems are happening (I diagnose) because we're trying to put a paragraph's worth of information into a single sentence.
A sentence should be part of a larger element of meaning called "the paragraph". Paragraphs gather the information, evidence, support, description, action that is around one thought or idea and puts it in a nice indented passage. If it gets more than 5-7 lines, we can even make two paragraphs with some transition at the start of the second paragraph.
But within a paragraph, you can group sentences, and the sentences can be short or long, have one important piece of information or three. If a sentence is too long or too complex or doesn't feel conversational to you or feels out of voice or you can't write around (talk about a long sentence :) a grammatical error or you think you didn't get something conveyed right, just try breaking it into two. For example:
Sometimes a sentence is too long or too complex or doesn't feel conversational to you or feels out of voice or you can't write around (talk about a long sentence :) a grammatical error or you think you didn't get something conveyed right. So just try breaking it into two.
So everyone go back to the offending PPP sentence and try this:
PPP in one sentence (now a sentence, not a phrase, natch), and add whatever emotion, action, subject, information will help it be a more meaningful sentence.
Main clause in another sentence, and add, etc.
What have you lost? Is one element too vague, too wispy to justify a sentence? What can you do to make it more important? Don't forget voice additives and transitions. A "Well," or "In fact," can do a lot to make a shorter sentence feel more important as a conclusion of sorts.
But I really think this is the diagnosis-- some of these sentences should be TWO sentences. See if that's true for you.