The world of academic writing revolves around research, presenting facts, and drawing conclusions. While the purpose of an academic paper may be cut and dry, the language used to get a point across doesn’t have to be. Consider some of the most well-known examples of non-fiction—from Malcolm Gladwell’s statistic-driven work to history and culture giant Guns, Germs and Steel. Despite their educational value, the books manage to capture the attention of academics and laymen alike. While creative writing strategies are more often associated with fiction, their mechanics can be applied to craft more engaging academic compositions.