A good essay – in humanities subjects, at least – incorporates the writer’s intelligent responses to what others say, and this critical consideration not only shows that you’re thinking at a high academic level, but it automatically adds more interest and originality to your writing.
So, think independently and don’t be afraid to demonstrate that you’re doing as much.
There are steps you can take, though: here are some tips on writing about a subject you don’t enjoy.
Another factor that can make an essay boring is a dry subject matter.
Here are some more techniques you can adopt from creative writing to improve your essays.
Your essay is bound to be boring if all you do is paraphrase what everyone else says about something.
Passion for a subject comes across naturally in your writing, typically making it more lively and engaging, and infusing an infectious enthusiasm into your words – in the same way that it’s easy to chat knowledgeably to someone about something you find interesting.
This makes it relatively easy to write interestingly about a subject you have a real passion for.
In a discussion of a seemingly boring piece of legislation, for instance, you could make a comment along the lines of “if it were not for this legislation, none of us would enjoy the freedom to do such and such today”, or “Legislation A ultimately paved the way for Legislation B, which transformed criminal law as we know it.” Make it seem exciting!
When you read a lot, you subconsciously start emulating the style of the writers you read.