Want to improve your motion and brief writing? Want to write clearly and concisely? Want to write to win? Then, there is a valuable website for you. King County Superior Court Judge Suzanne Parisien recommended it to me and to my Pretrial Advocacy law students.
The website is WordRake. While the website is designed to sell WordRake, which is described as a “revolutionary editing software,” you are not required to purchase the product in order to take advantage of the posts. The author of the posts is Gary Kinder, who has taught writing programs for the ABA and Microsoft among many others. If you subscribe by submitting your email address, you receive his free writing tips every Wednesday. Judge Parisien swears by the posts.
Here you can click and sample some of Gary Kinder’s Tips:
- · Spotting superfluous words – Verbiage 1 and Verbiage 2
- · What to skip – One Thing Judges Never Read
- · “Think like a lawyer, but write like a warm, logical, compassionate, intelligent, fair-minded human” The Ten Myths of Legal Writing -
- · “Do you put the important point of the sentence at the end or at the beginning?” – The Best-Kept Writing Secret of All Time -
- · A Three-Part Piece – The Best Way to Open a Client Letter – Part 1 ; Part 2 ; and Part 3
The weekly Tips from Gary Kinder are worth reading and practicing.