Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Reply to Comment On My Legal Writing Book

Concerning my new legal writing book, a comment asked, "Is this book intended for practicing attorneys or law students?"

The book is intended for anyone who wants to improve their writing.  The book begins with an Introduction that presents the general principles of clear and effective writing. Then, the remaining chapters deal with the details of editing, progressing from editing sentences to large-scale organization. Chapter Two concerns active and passive sentences and writing with verbs. Chapter Three involves editing for wordiness. Chapter Four teaches emphasis, clarity, and specificity, while Chapter Five shows how to combine sentences and edit paragraphs. Chapter Six covers organizing paragraphs and creating coherence. Chapter Seven shows how to write a small-scale paradigm, and Chapter Eight discusses large- and medium-scale organization. The book concludes with review exercises and a glossary.

Note: For six months, the book is only available from ABA Publishing (here).

(Scott Fruehwald)

P.S.  I have informed my publisher about the typos on their website.

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