Reporter’s Notebook: Nothing is Absolutely Essential

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Writing is a chore for some people; for others it is a diversion. And for still others, such as reporters, bloggers, scriptwriters and such, it is our life. We are sad when there’s nothing to write about, but then sit at the keyboard cursing when we get the words out and the story doesn’t flow.

English: So many words to keep track of!.

Words. Words. Words! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Then we have to edit the copy. And most writers don’t like to edit. That job belongs to someone else.

Laura Hale Brockway wrote a short post about the job that writers so dislike. Her advice to writers is to “eliminate redundant expressions.”

41 Redundancies You Should Ditch from PR Daily

Mix together. How else do you mix things?

Introduced for the first time. Obviously it is the first time, that’s why you are being introduced.

Absolutely essential. If it is essential, then you must absolutely need it.

Take note of joined words that really shouldn’t be paired.  Eliminate these word groupings, then you can devote less time to editing and more energy to writing.

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