I was flattered he thought I might know. Not sure where to start? My youngest son was writing a narrative for school this week. It was a story about attending a basketball game with my husband a couple years ago. Then I got ready.
13 Ways to Make Your Writing More Interesting to Read
Conclusions – The Writing Center • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Academic writing can be boring — but there are good reasons for that. But this is not an unhappy accident. The necessity of rigorous if uninspiring academic writing is perhaps best illustrated with the story of a prominent 18th-century intellectual named Franz Anton Mesmer. He believed that illnesses were caused by blockages that interfered with the healthy flow of magnetic fluid through the body. In the late s, he developed the idea of animal magnetism — also known as mesmerism — as a way of removing these blockages and restoring health.
In fact, I was expecting a wordy mouthful of mind-numbing, time consuming thought that I usually perceive as coming from any sort of academic writing. Fortunately, this time I was pleasantly surprised. It was valuable, and a great way to transition students from high school writing to the world of college academia.
Think of writing that has lodged in your mind — for all the right reasons. What's the common denominator? They are all memorable, the writing demands that you turn the pages, and you are avid to discover what happens next. And this is what we demand of our students' writing.