Book Review: Reading Style: A Life in Sentences
Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing, Vol. 24, No. 1 & 2, Summer 2016
4 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2016
Date Written: July 1, 2016
To become better writers, students need to read great authors. For this reason, I always recommend that law students who want to become the best legal writers read great literature and novels especially those with subtle themes and complicated plots. Any good story with a subtext can help students develop better legal communication skills. The use of subtext, both psychosocial and historical, by many authors influences the reader’s perception and opinion of the characters. A compelling story can also be told with strong allusions and a variance between embellished details and short, direct descriptions. By working at the micro level with each sentence, students can craft a full brief that will glimmer from start to finish.
Keywords: Writing, Editing, Fiction, Crafting, Sentences
JEL Classification: Y30
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