While my mum’s here, and the railroad room is temporarily given over to its guest room function, I’m working on a few articles for Model Railroad Hobbyist. My recent rant about the tedium of North American model railroad magazines is still fresh in my mind, and it’s making me wonder if I can steer clear of the trap. How can we describe a sequence of steps so that there is an engaging narrative and perhaps a little entertainment?
Along the way, I’ve been thinking about other literature that skirts the same trap. About the best parallel that I can think of is biography. Lots of people enjoy biographies, and there must be some that stand out for their writing, and not merely because they describe an inherently interesting individual.