Roberts informs his audience that writers need to “get rid of obvious padding.” He uses examples of sentences that start off small but increase their wording to the point that they mean nothing. He states: “Instead of stuffing your sentences with straw, you must try steadily to get rid of the padding, to make your sentences lean and tough.” Roberts then turns sentences that are too long and unfocused into sentences that are strong, flow well, and are to the point.
Robert’s next tip is something most college students are guilty of in their writing: excessive timidity. The timidity most college students demonstrate in their writing proves that they are too scared to take a side; they fear their professors will disagree with them and give them an unsatisfactory grade. He claims writers need to “call a fool a fool.” Roberts uses an example of a student calling their high school principal a fool, but the student makes the sentence more timid. “If he was a fool, call him a fool,”