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How to write about boring stuff?

on 08/05/2012

There’s no denying it! Much as I love sentences and the grammary bits of writing and speaking, there are some — and you know who you are — who think that sentences and grammar are boring. Well, pah, I say to you.

That said, part of my MA is to write a contextual essay, so it occurred to me, on thinking about what on earth to write contextually about, that really, if I’m brutally honest with myself, grammar can, maybe, at a push, be considered boring. So maybe thinking about how to write about boring stuff in an interesting, engaging and easy-to-read way might be something worth pursuing.

I thought about all the books that I’d seen while researching this book on sentences and realised that there’s something of a glut of not-boring books for geeky types that are actually interested in ‘boring’ stuff.

There is clearly a market for people wanting to know more about those school subjects that once sent us into daydreams to avoid. We want to know all the things that we could so easily have learnt about had we only spent a bit more time being alert at school.

There is a number of publishers running series of ‘what I’ve forgotten’ books on modern languages, biology, economics, physics, humanities and so on and so forth. But how do you write for a lay adult audience wanting to brush up on half-remembered bits from school?

That, I think, will be my contextual essay study. There’s little doubt that grammar and sentence writing falls into that category, so doing the research will give me a second go at schooling, a glimpse into writing not-boringly AND a whopping amount of material for my contextual essay.

Now. Lead me to the boring section!

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