by Sarah Albrecht
I just wrote a blog about E.B. White, inspired by an NPR feature commemorating the fiftieth birthday of Strunk and White's Elements of Style. Instead of cutting and pasting it from Word over to here, I managed to delete it.
I'll encapsulate instead of rewrite. The deleted blog led up a to quote from the book, one I'll use to galvanize myself when I feel small compared to a master like White:
"Writing is, for most, laborious and slow. The mind travels faster than the pen; consequently, writing becomes a question of learning to make occasional wing shots, bringing down the bird of thought as it flashes by. A writer is a gunner, sometimes waiting in his blind for something to come in, sometimes roaming the countryside hoping to scare something up. Like other gunners, he must cultivate patience; he may have to work many covers to bring down one partridge."
Another quote from the book: "Omit needless words." So I'll stop.