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Garner's Guide to Making Briefs More Persuasive: Tip 8 - Write a draft straight through without stopping to edit
April 26, 2020
Here's another tip from Bryan A. Garner's The Winning Brief: 100 Tips for Persuasive Briefing in Trial and Appellate Courts.
Garner recommends writing down a draft un-selfconsciously to the end, and only considering revisions afterwards. Don't risk losing momentum to choose exactly the right words. Writing rapidly is a good idea so long as a review for necessary changes takes place later. Nothing is wrong about waiting to correct a bad sentence while letting the ideas flow freely. An outline can serve as a map, as one tries to write as if speaking aloud. Doing this should help the words convey greater swiftness of thinking, and avoid making them laborious to read.
It's a also good practice to allow some time to pass between drafting and the editing.