LawProse Lesson 385: How to Write Under Pressure

LawProse Lesson 385: How to Write Under Pressure

Eight steps—whether you have an hour or half a day:
  • Establish your deadline and figure out what the writing should accomplish. Block out interruptions.
  • Decide what points to make to accomplish your goal. Phrase these points—preferably two or three—in distinct sentences. Know that it’s good to limit your ideas, developing only two or three in depth as opposed to mentioning several superficially.
  • Put your points in the best, most logical order.
  • Sketch out a rough draft quickly, writing first what comes most easily. Keep your words simple and straightforward. Take a short break—even if it’s only 60 seconds.
  • Read your draft to clarify and amplify your thoughts. Take a short break.
  • Read through again to eliminate every unnecessary word. Take a short break.
  • Read through again to phrase ideas more interestingly. Take a short break.
  • Read it aloud to see whether it sounds good, makes good sense, and holds together.

Submit it. Cheers.

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