Great writing tip - and great imagery. Writing takes discipline.
Writing Tip: I call this one "The Rock in the River," and it's one of the elements of writing that separates the accomplished writer from the amateur or beginne...r. You are writing, and the work is flowing along as if you were on a boat on a smooth, easily rolling river. Suddenly, you come around a bend, and before you is a beautiful rock sticking up right in the middle of the river. It's a marvelous detail,wonderfully colorful, or with a fascinating shape; but it's a digression that breaks the flow of your story (or article, if it's non-fiction.) The professional will recognize the danger. He/she will have the self-discipline to remove it from the writing altogether, or may decide, "This is actually what interests me the most in this whole piece of writing. I'll start again with this as my focus; OR I'll make this the basis of a whole new piece. But either way, it can't stay where it is. It has to come out." In contrast, the amateur will leave the rock right there in mid-channel and run his/her vessel right up against it, sinking the book with all hands on board. Don't let the Rock in the River smash up your writing. Use it if you wish, but YOU determine where, when and how. (Image: Wisconsin Dells.)
Congratulations to Sally Edwards on publishing her book! I edited the book, and can say it's an easy - and funny! - read.
Writing an essay for college application? Here is great advice: http://ow.ly/ojIPk (And yes, I can help with that essay)
Focus.focus.focus-very important in brand messaging. Another view(from a writer, mktg expert or friend)can help too: http://ow.ly/nh11f