We talk about how too much salt can ruin a great plate of spaghetti. I paint a picture of a hot, steaming plate of their favorite pasta. While my students are visualizing one of their favorite meals, I have them picture shaking the salt, more and more and more. They start to scream, "Not so much, Mrs. K!"
"Exactly!" I reply. Don't add too many similes, too many adjectives or too much color. It makes your story too salty. We refer to salty stories the rest of the year.
--Leslie Konvalin, Longview, Texas
(Leslie chose a Going Deep with 6-Trait Language Guide as her gift for sharing this blurb.)