Read over your compositions and wherever you meet with a passage which you think is particularly fine, strike it out.
I was just finishing a story yesterday, preparing to submit it. A couple of phrases I had written warmed the cockles of my heart. I read them over several times aloud, letting the words roll off my tongue.
Then I read Dr. Johnson’s advice.
Don’t you hate when that happens!?
Damn, indeed. I do fall in love with my own prose. At least I am not alone.