Back to Student Learning Tools Writer's Style Writing style is a difficult concept to wrap a definition around because it is very subjective: One reader may appreciate a writer's style while another may not. All writers have their own natural writing style; in college English classes, it will be the student's challenge to merge her writing style to the requirements of each paper.
There are certainly many styles of successful writing. Some charm by exotic imagery, others by suspense, some even by subtle obfuscations. However, the style of writing I have found to be most successful for legal analyses is the sort which Orwell's comment conjures up: As I have worked with law students on supervised writing projects, I have noticed that lucidity does not come naturally to most law students, perhaps because they have been forced in their legal studies to read so much bad writing that they mistake what they've read for the true and proper model.
I have also noticed that simply directing someone to be lucid doesn't often help him or her to become so. Over time I have developed a set of ideas about how one can make one's legal prose become like a window pane. In this Essay, I will share those ideas with you.
You will soon notice that this Essay is addressed chiefly to an audience of inexperienced legal writers, most specifically to those law students whom I teach. More experienced writers may find the Essay mildly entertaining, perhaps even picking up a tip or two for improving their own writing technique.
I hope that at least some of my readers who are experienced writers, especially those who try, as I do, to teach others to write, will find a fellow traveller's exposition helpful to further their own thinking about the mysterious process of learning to write well.
Despite what you may infer from the detailed comments within, I do not believe in a formulaic approach to legal writing. My aim in reviewing other people's writing is to help them find the analytic approach, organization, and style that will work for the ideas they want to convey.
I tell my students: The first thing you must do when you write is be yourself; the second thing you must do is learn to appreciate and enhance your natural strengths as a writer yes, you have them ; and the third thing you must do is understand and work on removing whatever weaknesses are undermining your strengths.
I see my role as facilitating this process of self-discovery. Now for the framework of this Essay: In Section I, I set forth what are for me the six paramount rules of good legal writing.
These have general applicability to the whole of one's writing. This is followed in Section II by a set of fourteen additional rules, which pertain, for the most part, to specific aspects of a legal analysis. Sections III and IV briefly advise inexperienced writers on how much research to do for a legal analysis and on strategies for overcoming writer's block.
The final section suggests an approach to editing other people's work and communicating with the writers about their work. This approach, in my view, is the one most likely to be successful in yielding the intended result of improving the quality of the writer's next draft.
As you'll see, I view an editor's job as well done when he or she has rendered him or herself obsolete. Now that I have given you this structure, I feel free to be a bit jaunty and jocular, hoping to lead you further into my web. Have a Point In order to write a good legal analysis, you've got to have a point that is, a thesis you want to make.
One is not to have a point at all. There are two main subcategories of this problem: So is being ambivalent about what your thesis is. Choose your thesis and see where it takes you. It is very easy, as one begins to get familiar with a subject, to get captivated by the myriad issues which any reasonably interesting subject will raise.A modified definition appears in Donald Pizer's Realism and Naturalism in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction, Revised Edition (): [T]he naturalistic novel usually contains two tensions or contradictions, and the two in conjunction comprise both an interpretation of experience and a particular aesthetic recreation of experience.
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