Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Improve your writing

Are you committed to improving your legal writing? I mean from every perspective: grammatical correctness, precision, correct usage, simplicity, directness, persuasion, and more. If you are, then I recommend these books:
    Rudolf Flesch, How to Write Plain English (Harper & Row 1979).
    Tom Goldstein & Jethro K. Lieberman, The Lawyer's Guide to Writing Well (2d ed., U. Cal. Press 2002).
    David Mellinkoff, Legal Writing: Sense and Nonsense (West 1982).
    Bryan A. Garner, The Elements of Legal Style (2d ed., Oxford U. Press 2002).
    John R. Trimble, Writing with Style: Conversations on the Art of Writing (2d ed., Prentice Hall 2000).
    Joseph M. Williams, Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace (6th ed., Longman 2000).
    Patricia T. O'Conner, Woe is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English (Riverhead Books 1996).

That's enough for now. More to come.

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