Tips: “That” is often a throwaway word. If you can read your sentence without “that” and it makes sense, you can delete it. Example: I always thought that the best apples came from Washington. Vs. I always thought the best apples came from Washington. (“that” is unnecessary)

Thought for the day: What really knocks em out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though. – J.D. Salinger

Jumpstart: Finish this scene using the following: spider web, crystal ball, old computer disk. – I followed the map found in my grandfather’s trunk…

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