Thinking Like a Writer: A Lawyer's Guide to Effective Writing and Editing

Thinking Like a Writer: A Lawyer's Guide to Effective Writing and Editing

  • ISBN-13: 9781402411281
  • Author: Stephen V. Armstrong
  • Publisher: Practising Law Institute (PLI)
  • Publication date: 2008-10-01
  • Edition: 3
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 427
  • $53.92


Thinking Like a Writer: A Lawyers Guide to Effective Writing and Editing gives you the specialized knowledge and techniques to draft clear and compelling legal documents, no matter how complicated the issues involved. Featuring drafting exercises and examples, Thinking Like a Writer enables you to craft introductions that: engage readers from the start -- develop a credible, professional writing persona -- write strong, streamlined sentences that bring subjects into clear focus -- create logically-linked paragraphs that carry readers forward smoothly -- break up information stylistically and graphically to enhance comprehension -- use syntax, verbs, and varied sentence lengths to keep readers attention -- instill writing with added grace and imagination -- communicate with different audiences, including clients, associates, senior lawyers, and judges -- and identify drafting problems, understand their causes, and find the right editorial solutions. Thinking Like a Writer shows you how to blend reason and emotion, detail and simplicity, concrete language and metaphors, to ensure that your legal writing does full justice to your legal thinking. Updated as needed, Thinking Like a Writer: A Lawyers Guide to Effective Writing and Editing is a vital working handbook for attorneys and a useful reference for judges and paralegals.

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