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Pruning Your Writing To Make It More Concise

Today on the Facebook page for Think Like a Lawyer, I’ve posted a link to an article from the Chronicle of Higher Education about how to tighten your writing by editing it sentence by sentence and phrase by phrase.

My students often ask me how they can edit their written assignments to get them within the page limits assigned by their professor or by courts (which have notoriously tight page limits), and I tell them that the secrets are good organization that avoids needless repetition of arguments and ideas throughout the document, as well as detailed editing of paragraphs and sentences to write them as directly and concisely as possible. This article gives useful advice about how to do that.

In addition, I have a list of links on the home page of Think Like a Lawyer that provides many tips and exercises on how to write concisely.

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