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How to Write About Boring Stuff

Well, my research essay isn’t something I can ignore for too much longer. In readiness for the inevitable once the first draft it written, and, hopefully in an attempt to make what I write in that first draft not boring, I’m pulling together a list of sites and resources that I can read at a later date.

If in the meantime you happen to have the time and/or inclination to have a read and let me know what you think, by all means fill your boots!

 

And a little something I picked up as I googled: “JaneĀ Austen was writing about boring people with desperately limited lives. We forget this because we’ve seen too many of her books on screen.” (Mark Haddon)But there must be something more to her boring people in their limited lives — how did she make boring interesting? Fabulous — a reason to read Austen.

*List in Progress*

Books

If you see any, please let me know!

Journals

http://www.scribd.com/doc/63957/How-to-write-Consistently-Boring-Scientific-Literature

http://www.evenanerd.com/uploads/6/4/5/7/64578/gwhitehouse_evenanerd.pdf

http://www.antropologi.info/blog/anthropology/2007/why_is_anthropological_writing_so_boring

 

Newspapers

http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2007/sep/04/highereducation.news

http://www.utne.com/2008-07-01/GreatWriting/Why-Essays-Are-So-Damned-Boring.aspx

 

Lectures

http://christopherwink.com/2011/03/02/if-a-topic-is-boring-then-go-into-more-detail-like-with-spaghetti-sauce/

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/seth_godin_on_sliced_bread.html

http://www.ted.com/themes/not_business_as_usual.html

http://www.ted.com/talks/rory_sutherland_perspective_is_everything.html

http://www.ted.com/talks/joe_sabia_the_technology_of_storytelling.html?quote=1184

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/paula_scher_gets_serious.html

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/tim_brown_on_creativity_and_play.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9cVSPWR9Ck

Sites

http://btr.michaelkwan.com/2011/11/21/five-ways-to-bury-boring-writing/

http://whydthathappen.hubpages.com/hub/Writing-Facts-andor-Fiction-Using-Facts-andor-Fiction

http://voices.yahoo.com/four-writing-tips-boring-topic-interesting-474244.html?cat=35

http://www.publicationcoach.com/how-to-write-about-the-boring/

http://patmarcello.com/

http://www.bradezone.com/2008/09/13/boring/

http://www.spiceupyourblog.com/2012/04/how-to-write-posts-effectively-when.html

http://www.copyblogger.com/high-quality-content/

http://www.successfulblogging.com/how-to-write-good-blog-posts/

http://weblogbetter.com/2011/01/20/how-to-write-great-blog-posts-on-boring-topics/

http://www.henrybingaman.com/how-to-turn-boring-subjects-into-interesting-content

http://theadventurouswriter.com/blogwriting/nonfiction-fiction-writing-tips-keep-readers-hooked/

http://www.bloggingpro.com/archives/2011/03/18/why-boring-is-the-new-exciting/

http://www.copyblogger.com/freakonomics-blogging/

http://articles.submityourarticle.com/article-marketing-tips-how-to-make-boring-topics-interesting-for-your-reader-208842

http://www.andyjenkinsblog.com/2012/04/10/writing-seo-content-dealing-with-the-bad-the-boring-and-the-ugly/

http://writingcenter.tamu.edu/2009/podcasts/write-right/episode-8-like-boring-papers-neither-does-your-prof/

http://patmarcello.com/1287/excitement-guide-research-organization/

http://blog.ezinearticles.com/2006/11/there-are-no-boring-subjects.html

http://www.slapastory.com/short/The_Most_Boring_Topic_Ever

http://bluestandish.hubpages.com/hub/How-To-Make-Your-Writing-Process-Fun-And-Enjoyable-Part-2

http://skittlezzzz.blogspot.co.at/2012/03/if-its-boring-to-you-its-boring-to-your.html

http://www.studyusa.info/admission-essays.htm

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How to write about boring stuff?

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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