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Writing tip and the case of “IT”: avoid sloppy writing

This is a post from Victoria Grefer. I had never thought about “it” being a problem, maybe none of you have ever! Please go to her page to comment!

Creative Writing with the Crimson League

(ADDED NOTE: Yesterday, a tragic event unfolded in Boston, Massachusetts, where bombs went off during the annual Boston marathon. Please, if you are praying person, pray for those injured and killed, for their family and friends, and for the community there.)

1234386_notebook_and_netbookI will never, ever forget one of the best courses I took in college. It was a senior seminar entirely devoted to Arthurian legend.

One day in class, we got to talking about writing and what makes good writing, because the professor would always mark up the responses we had to turn in: reflections on the weekly readings. She gave us one of the best tips I have ever heard about what makes “lazy writing.”

It all has to do with “it.”

Yep. That little word of two-letters. The terror of the Knights who say “Ni.” The shortcut we all use in conversation every day–and in our writing–to avoid…

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