Aaaah English class. You learned about everything from writing a proper thesis statement to how to dig up sources in the depths of the school library. Papers were double-spaced, had one inch margins and followed MLA style (or some other style).
And often quite boring.
It’s no wonder there are so many mediocre writers out there. We were conditioned to write research papers with so many restrictions. Just following the proper formatting was enough to get you a decent grade, regardless of the actual content. And no one expects you to be too good.
In fact, I was once accused of cheating in Spanish class not because my translation was perfect but because my story WAS TOO GOOD. Yep, that’s what I was told. Sheesh.
We were pushed through school to be academic writers. The problem is the vast majority of us aren’t in academia. So why should we write like we are?
If you’re reading Momcomm Monday, it’s most likely because you’re blogger. Blog writing shouldn’t sound like your old thesis paper.
Blog writing should be:
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