I was going through one of the PhD chapters earlier (the one on canons and their prebends, since you want to know so badly) and I realised something quite annoying. It was really badly written. The actual content was fine; well researched, carefully thought out arguments (even if I do say so myself). It was just the writing style that got to me. I could hardly believe I'd written something so clunky and unreadable.
Two reasons struck me for it. 1- it's quite an old chapter, from before I was making much effort to write, and 2- I think I was making an effort to be as 'academic' sounding as possible. In short, I wasn't letting my writing there be influenced by my writing anywhere else. That's just so idiotic of me. Good writing is good writing, whether I'm using it to tell a story, amuse, or carry an argument in a thesis.
Obviously, I can't make the thing read like a blog, and there probably isn't much scope for characterisation and plot development, but I can at least make it readable, can't I? (Actually, I've just had a better idea. I'll put the whole thing into rhyming verse and see how they like that. Not very much, I suspect.)