Monday, August 15, 2011
A recent Texas Bar Journal article presents great authors’ advice on writing. Professor Douglas Abrams (pictured at left) quotes Mark Twain on precision: “The difference between the almost right word and the right word is . . . the difference between the lightening and the lightening bug.” A Winston Churchill line dryly criticizes verbosity: “This report, by its very length, defends itself against the risk of being read.” The piece contains numerous other intriguing nuggets for legal writers.