Why academic writing is soooo boring – but needn’t be

Please welcome freelance content writer Jessica Freeman from Sydney, Australia, who shares her thoughts on why academic writing has become so boring to read … plus some ways in which to make it more reader-friendly. Over to Jessica…

Academic writing exists only to share knowledge and ideas. Sadly, we have created a culture where students are trained to create sterile and clinical documents. Academic work tends to be very technical, and students are afraid to add a little flair or entertainment value through fear of losing marks when they are graded.

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Academic writing has its own unique structure, and writers are not penalized for being boring.

This habit of writing sterile and clinical documents then follows the academic through his or her life and few academics ever learn how to write entertaining texts.

Are academic works really that boring?

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Are man buns hair, or tumors rare?

As man buns are so fashionable right now, I have written a Mischieverse poem about them.

Mischieverse on HTWB

Does it really have to be there, perched on some dear d*ckhead’s brain?

My own cynical little brain can’t help but wonder whether they are actual fashion statements, or perhaps malignant growths of evil trifids spurting forth from male humans’ heads in protest against the recent market decline in conventional horror genre stories? Please read and share your conclusions…

MAN BUNS

Man buns make my skin just crawl
Such f***ing stupid thinking
What do they hope to share withall
And all such crap so stinking? [Read more…]

How to write for talking opportunities that get you business

These days the era of speech making on a grand scale has somewhat lost its b*lls, if you see what I mean. (Unless you’re Donald Trump in which case it didn’t have any, er, well, let’s not go there.)

Of course there are many professional speakers out in cyberspace who speak to hundreds, if not thousands at a time and manage to motivate and cultivate success on a grand scale.

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Public speaking now is as much about local gigs – as it is sessions for hundreds.

I admire them, and follow them avidly as they are my heroes: people in the UK like Kriss Akabusi, Nigel Risner, Rikki Arundel, Alan Stevens, all of whom and more have b*lls like you wouldn’t believe because their messages are so strong. Well, not Rikki’s because she’s a lady, but you know what I mean.

Public speaking now is as much about local gigs – as it is sessions for hundreds

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What to write to someone who comes out as LGBTQ

Much as LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer) people are now widely established in their rightful place in many of our communities, when someone close to you “comes out” it can still be an uncomfortable journey for them and their families.

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For your friend or family member to have braved it and stuck with it can, sometimes, have been one hell of an achievement.

You may well feel, as I have done many times when a friend or family member of mine has come out, that you want to drop them a note to show that you care. Whether you are gay, straight or any other gender identity, the process for your friends and relatives who are “coming out” may be challenging for them – even though in our enlightened times it should not be so. Sadly what “should be” is often very different from the reality.

Whatever your gender, do you know what to write to your “coming out” friend or relative? [Read more…]

How a big bully cat got what he deserved – from a bird

The true story of a cat who thought he ruled the world … until a blackbird with a temper tantrum taught him otherwise. The latest excerpt from my forthcoming book, Mischieverse…and please share your own cats-for-world-domination stories with us in the comments below…

HTWB TC cat

A great big bully, he became – the terror of the neighbourhood

THE BIG TC

Once upon a time there was
A cat called Big TC
(That stood for “Tiger Cat” of course)
A brutal puss, was he.

TC came from friends in Kent
Whose pussy had been ravaged [Read more…]

National Grammar Day – celebrate with goofs from the UK Daily Fail

In honour of (USA) National Grammar Day tomorrow (March 4th, 2017) let’s celebrate with the pick of my entire collection of hilariously wrong quotes from that newspaper we all love to hate. (Who said the Grammar Police don’t have a sense of humor?)

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And please note, the quotes in bold below are verbatim. My own comments follow in italics.

**Bling: Kim posted this image of the £3.5m ring that was stolen on Instagram before the robbery. I thought the ring was stolen during the robbery – anyway, you were lucky to catch it all on Instagram. [Read more…]

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