Thank You, Mrs. Ellberg!
I attended a very small high school, with just a few more than 100 in my graduating class. But I was fortunate to have excellent teachers, especially in the English Department. I already thanked Mr. Holmes. Today I want to thank Mrs. Ellberg. I enjoyed her class for many reasons, but I am most thankful that she taught me to edit my own writing.
Repeat After Me. . . . .
I will not fall in love with my own writing. I will not fall in love with my own writing. I will NOT fall in love with my own writing.
Good writing rarely happens in the first draft. You need to rewrite again and again to whittle away the extraneous and make your point as succinctly as possible. Tell the grant reviewers what they need to know. Paint a word picture when it’s appropriate. But know when enough is enough.