Tuesday, June 24, 2014

When Writing Is Boring

Don’t get me wrong – I love my job. But sometimes academic writing is extremely dull. The thing is, there are so many common cliches to use and then every essay type has its own predefined structure. That’s why sometimes my work reminds me of making identical toys of different color at a factory. When the order is big, I often make a general draft and then just fill it with various information.
Well, I did discover some tips of how to make a process of essay writing interesting even after multiple experiences of writing same old paper types.

My Tip #1. Try It Differently

The first tip is experimenting with a writing style. Imagine that you are another person - use particular phrases and keep a special tone of writing, which is unusual for you. If you are used to creating complex descriptions, try to avoid such constructions. You can also play with the tone - make the whole paper sound less formal. Or less informal, depending on what is more usual for you. The necessity of significant change in style will make your work more difficult – and yet, more exciting.
For example:
“Betty Blue was a remarkable, intelligent child, whose thoughtfulness amazed the adults and impressed her friends.”
VS
“Betty Blue never suffered from the lack of brains.”

My Tip #2.  Try It Inside Out

The second tip lies within the possibility to choose which point of view you might defend in your essay. If you have this choice, always support the statement that you would normally reject. For example, when writing an essay on civil disobedience, the idea of which you sincerely support, take the other side. Describe peaceful resistance as something incredibly ineffective. Tell your readers that Mahatma Gandhi simply got lucky and that it usually takes some weapons to get through thick skull of insolent people from government. Choosing the point, different to your own, will lead to the necessity of making an additional research, analyzing more data and therefore – to gaining new knowledge.

My Tip #3. Say No to the Ordinary

The third tip is to choose interesting and challenging orders in the first place. If you got exceptionally good at writing reflective essays, for example, perhaps you should try and get yourself an order for a thesis paper. That will do a good job for your writing skills. Shift types, topics and sizes of paper. Do not get stuck in the same place, move on. After all – the more skills you acquire, the higher salary you get.