It is taken me nearly four hours to reduce 1780 words to 1070 words for one part of a 2000 word TMA.
- It is worth reflecting on this exercise.
- This is where lasting learning occurs.
- The intellectual demands and effort means that some of this will stick.
- I had to prioritise ruthlessly.
- And then edit like I was writing a Tweet.
- And as my confidence grew in what I had to say my tone became more precise and decissive.
Now the problem is the other half of the 2000 word TMA.
It now looks, by comparison, somewhat moth-eaten. If I edit with the same approach the word count will come down to 700 or less - so understandably a different kind of effort will be required to identify what I have missed out.
I need it out of the way so that I can get on with my very last EMA.
Which makes this my last TMA.
All the more reason to make it a good one then.
Never understimate how much time should be devoted to 'getting it right' even when you think you've got there with an earlier draft.