LawProse Lesson #418: A Holistic Approach to Writing

LawProse Lesson #418: A Holistic Approach to Writing

The best writing instruction is holistic and broad, not just covering dozens of nitpicky grammatical points. Instead, it deals with the essence of inventing arguments. Effective teaching deals with creativity that enhances your mental capacities: recognizing similarities and differences, knowing the significance of factual changes, being able to shift levels of thought, and understanding differing viewpoints. The challenge is identifying and separating these tools, and then bringing them under conscious control.

Then, of course, phrasing can make all the difference. But good sentences don’t add up to much if the ideas and arguments aren’t sound.

At LawProse, we show you how to answer grammatical questions—in fact, how to get an authoritative answer to virtually any such question within 45 seconds (not using unreliable internet searches). That much is easy. We don’t try to get people to memorize lots of fussy points in one day.

What we do teach, however, is a holistic way of thinking creatively, devising strong arguments, and then phrasing them in the most seductively powerful way. That can be transformative. And that’s what we do: writer by writer, lawyer by lawyer, we improve the trajectory of individual careers.

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