Any kind of writing demands a set of different writing skills – and this same rule applies to legal writing too. In fact, when it comes to legal writing, you cannot afford to be too informal and have a casual approach. You have to be specific, curt, crisp and to the point. If you’re a legal writer, here are a few tips which will help you boost your writing making it more appealing. Read on:
Make it interesting:
Well, you may say – legal, and interesting, is it even possible? Of course it is! Most of the times legal content is lengthy with a detailed description of all the relevant aspects involved. So instead of making it one long, lengthy paragraph, make sure you pepper your writing with ample of legally used conjunctions such as ‘Furthermore,’ ‘whatsoever’ and the likes of these. These conjunctions can also be used to begin a new paragraph – paragraphs in your legal content are a must. It gives your writing a more systematic, organized and appealing, keeping the readers interested in what you wish to convey.
You cannot go ranting about for pages together trying to explain something simple. You need to have enough command over the language and clarity in concepts to be able to put them forth effectively, shortly and crisply. Like I said before, legal literature can get overbearing is it isn’t made interesting. You sure cannot cut down the critical aspects – but you can always write concisely whatever you try to convey.
Keep it active, with actions:
Try your best and avoid using the passive voice when you write – always prefer the active voice – it is direct, straightforward and keeps readers in their toes. Also, don’t beat around the bushes – get to what you want to say right away. This will help you keep your readers hooked on to whatever you wish to communicate to them.
Edit like never before:
Make sure all the editing you do is some like you’ve never done it before – you get to be your own judge here – so being ruthless and impartial is what will help you chop off the unnecessary content which made way into your write-up. Write with your heart and edit with your mind! And yes, don’t miss out on grammatical errors and punctuation marks – they’re little things which define an author.