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Tips on Writing – Use Them on Your Next Brief

I just ran across a great capsule-summary of writing tips (via Lifehack.org). Paul Graham’s Guide to Writing provides a quick synopsis of things to remember when writing. Here is my favorite part:

… print out drafts instead of just looking at them on the screen; use simple, germanic words; learn to distinguish surprises from digressions; learn to recognize the approach of an ending, and when one appears, grab it.

I think these tips apply to all types of writing (and I can definitely learn from them). It could be really useful in your legal writing, such as briefs and memoranda, to print out Paul’s list and then quickly scan through it before you begin. This will help keep important writing factors in your mind.

Some of Paul’s tips remind me of a great book on writing, Bird by Bird written by Anne Lamott. I highly recommend it for anyone looking to learn a bit to improve their writing.

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