Change a Boring Essay Into an Exciting Read

Change a Boring Essay Into an Exciting Read
How Sentence Structure & Examples Give a College Paper Pizzazz

Why do some essays seem fun to read while others are impossible to get through? What things can students do to make their papers the best to read?


Believe it or not, subject matter is not the only reason an essay is interesting to read. More often than not, it's the way the writer writes that makes the essay interesting more than what he's chosen to write about. Creating smooth transitions is just one way a student can improve an essay. Students who want to make their essay more appealing (and less boring) can try some of these tips.
Vary Sentence Structure
After a student finishes her rough draft, she should go back through and see if there is a variety of sentence structures. If an entire paper (or even paragraph) only follows the standard subject-verb-direct object format, the reader will grow tired of the essay. The writer can go through her paper and find ways to vary sentences to make her writing seem less dull and more interesting.
For example, this paragraph could use some variety:
The word “pariah” originated in ancient India to indicate the lowest group in its caste system. A pariah was someone who was deemed to be untouchable. Pariahs have been around since the beginning of time. Pariahs can be found in some of the oldest writings found. People are sometimes outcast because they seem dangerous. Pariahs are sometimes outcast as punishment.
There is nothing inherently wrong with the example and the information is good, but the writer risks losing her reader because there is little variety in the way her sentences sound. She could instead try to make her sentences more interesting by going through the paragraph and changing the way the sentences are put together:
Although the word “pariah” originated in ancient India to indicate the lowest group in its caste system (people who were deemed “untouchable”), pariahs have been around since the beginning of time and can be found in some of the oldest literature and nonfiction we can find. Most often, one is outcast because he is perceived as a danger to the community that has banished him. Exile is also used as a form of punishment.
In the second example, the writer has added introductory clauses and has made her sentences in general more complex. The writing seems to "flow" better and feels less choppy, which makes the reading seem more interesting and less predictable.
Give Examples
Sometimes a reader won't quite "get" a writer's meaning, but the writer can change all that by giving examples. One way to give an example is by quoting from a source; other times, statistics will help the writer explain his meaning more vividly. Examples in general are a good way to help a reader understand ("a picture is worth a thousand words").
Exile is also used as a form of punishment. For instance, in the Old Testament book Genesis, we see that Cain is outcast because he murdered his brother; he is a danger to the rest of his family because he has killed and therefore has the potential to kill again.
Again, citing statistics, when appropriate, can be a powerful example for one's readers:
According to Rose Richmond, distracted teenage drivers under the age of 18 were involved in over 1000 automobile accidents in 2007.
Revising One's Essay is the Best Way to Make it Better
Sometimes it's best to get the rough draft down as quickly and easily as possible. But then a reader needs to go through his essay as a discriminating reader and look for things that will make his essay harder to read and less enjoyable and then do his best to fix them. Citing examples and varying sentence structure are two ways to make an essay more interesting to readers.


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