Too long and too straight. We all know you can add curves to a branch that is too straight, but did you know that you can also use wire to shorten a branch that is too long?
Much better. Now it’s much shorter and much more interesting.
Crack! Branches sometimes crack. In fact, experienced bonsai artists sometimes intentionally crack a branch in order to bend it more than it normally would. Either way, you need to stabilized it while it heals (see below). You also need to apply sealing paste (cut paste).