Plugging away. Diligently.
Seriously ... I even have witnesses!
Briefly, I'll tell you what I'm working on. I have a tendency (Okay, I have a serious problem) with my analysis, as if you couldn't have guessed by now. My specific issue is that after I relate a fact to an element I don't stop there. I try to bolster my argument by adding reasons why a particular fact goes with a particular element. In doing so I reference facts that belong to other elements and I end up repeating myself later in the analysis. As a result, I waste time. My essay begins to look like one big narrative instead of a discrete series of points, even when I separate the issues into their component parts.
My task now is to write an answer using just the fact, or facts, that go with an element without being so brief that I end up simply stating a conclusion. I have to go backward quite a bit, then creep forward until I find the happy middle ground. It's been quite a challenge because I've been writing the wrong way for so long. But I'm making progress. And that's encouraging.
And, so, back at it, I am ...