Add Punch to Your Writing

3 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2008 Last revised: 5 Jul 2008

Judith D. Fischer

University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Abstract

This article offers tips for adding punch to legal writing. Among the suggestions are to prefer strong verbs, avoid nominalizations, be direct, and vary sentence beginnings and lengths. Examples illustrate how to use the tips.

Keywords: legal writing, punch, strong verbs, nominalizations, concrete, specific, direct, strings of prepositional phrases, long sentences, vary sentence beginnings

Suggested Citation

Fischer, Judith D., Add Punch to Your Writing. ; University of Louisville School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Series No. 2008-24. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1143004

Judith D. Fischer (Contact Author)

University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law ( email )

Wilson W. Wyatt Hall
Louisville, KY 40292
United States

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