One of the lessons
that I learned in my journalism classes in college was that good writers eliminate unnecessary words.
This was one of the first lessons
that Betty Arnold, my journalism professor, taught me and my fellow journalism majors our freshman year. Omitting unnecessary words was second only to the primary lesson: that journalists don’t make assumptions. On the first day of Journalism 101, I learned that if I were ever to ass.u.me anything when writing a story that I would make an ass out of u and me. And, it wasn’t too far into the semester that I discovered that the needless word I used the most was that. I still remember Betty making each of us circle the repetitious words in our copy and reviewing them to see whether the circled words could be eliminated or replaced.
What word or words do you use in your writing that can be eliminated without changing the meaning of your sentence?