Garner's Guide to Making Briefs More Persuasive: Tip 8 - Write a draft straight through without stopping to edit

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.  

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