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I have a problem with “that!”

Have you ever searched your writing for the word “that?” I did, and holy snarkies! I threw in unnecessary “thats” all over the place. Here is a poorly written example for illustrative purposes:

She said that the book is that one that she read when

she was at that house in the Hamptons.

Really?  Four needless “thats?”

She said the book is the one she read when she

was at the house in the Hamptons.

Not Pulitzer quality writing, but you get the point.

Wanting to practice what I preach, I rechecked my novel for “thats.” Yikes . . . there are many more I can take out.

Take THAT, that!

Oh man . . . she used “that” for the four millionth time.

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