Fear Not the Em-Dash

Writers get jazzed up about punctuation, with good reason. Those dots and squiggles have a lot to do with the character and clarity of writing. And there's no mark that exemplifies the many uses of punctuation better than the em-dash. I was reminded of the em-dash by Jeremiah Shoaf of Typewolf, whose newsletter included a … Continue reading Fear Not the Em-Dash


Experiments with Daily Posting and Deep Work

I've been taking a break from posting here since I ended my one-week experiment with daily posting. I wanted to write more. I'm happiest when I write—even more so when I publish. It was a good experiment, but daily posting took too much time. I'd like to think I could fire off some pithy remarks … Continue reading Experiments with Daily Posting and Deep Work

Garner’s Business Writing Basics

https://youtu.be/gNRibogFG00 Bryan Garner just shared this video of five writing tips. It's a great start to writing better in your job, whatever it is. I, for one, will try to use we, our, you, and your more. As Garner states, good business writing "is a skill you must cultivate to succeed." William Zinsser made much the same point in On Writing Well: … Continue reading Garner’s Business Writing Basics

How to Make Legal Writing Better, Faster, and More Fun

Writing is not an easy task. Even though all lawyers write a fair amount (and some do a lot of it), many avoid writing and dislike sitting down to the task. This is, perhaps, why so many briefs are written last-minute, or why motions eek in on the deadline. When I worked as an attorney-editor, … Continue reading How to Make Legal Writing Better, Faster, and More Fun

Models of Great Legal Writing

I recently reread Brian Garner's oft-repeated advice on improving legal writing in an ABA article. The point: to be a good legal writer, you need to read good legal writing. Thankfully, Garner points to a few sources of such writing. New to me was The Green Bag. Garner: Here you’ll find some of the best, most interesting legal scholarship … Continue reading Models of Great Legal Writing