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Try to work in a state of flow.

Learn to diagnose and improve weak legal writing.

Remember the reader

Use footnotes effectively

Provide appropriate factual context for your citations.

Show respect for judges, even when they are wrong.

Write with a professional tone

Avoid clichés

Use plain language

Use white space and break your document into chunks.

Omit irrelevant details

Write with the brain in mind

Avoid ritual terms and phrases

Adopt a growth mentality

In case you missed it (Part 2)

Write about characters performing actions.

Master the five types of transitions.

Avoid jargon and legalese.

Pay attention to rhythm when you write.

Make every sentence compact and powerful.

Navigating language and gender

Give your prose a sense of forward movement.

Find creative ways to manage the reader’s workload.

Use ordinary capitalization.

Use informative, full-sentence point headings.

Give your body something to do while you write.

Number your headings correctly.

Use the pomodoro technique to work in small bursts.

Use readable fonts.

Move quickly to the heart of a sentence

Four types of coherence

Advanced Microsoft Word for lawyers

Simplify or omit dates and locations.

Prefer active voice

How (and why) to use em-dashes

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Delete unnecessary modifiers, especially intensifiers

Read your drafts aloud

Avoid overspecification and synonym strings

Edit in stages

Write "shitty first drafts."

Avoid "and/or"

Convey your ideas straightforwardly.

Why should lawyers invest in their writing skills?

Elegant legal writing