Why do we use one skill set when we write for academic purposes than we use when we write for creative writing/fiction?
It all boils down to audience awareness and purpose, right?
But, if the goal of any form of effective writing is to grab and keep the reader’s attention (without it, no one hangs in there long enough to find out what we think and why), why do we make academic writing so dry, so lacking in personality? In fact, most academic writing receives higher praise the more detached and impersonal it is.
This seems like it may just be another way to keep writing, writers, students, teachers, readers separate.
It also raises the issue of whether or not entertainment has to be part of engaging a reader, regardless of the purpose of the writing?