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January 20th, 2007

Write A Story, Just Six Words (Win Your Case, 75 Words)

So goes the contest over at the non-legal blog at Middle Zone Musings, which ends tomorrow. You can read many of the 6-word stories over there.

The “contest” caught my interest because lawyers often take forever to get to the point in a “brief,” beat their point to death, or can’t figure out what their point is. So forcing brevity makes one think.

The best writing tips I ever heard came from Bryan Garner:

  • Frame your issue in 75 words or less.
  • Win your point on the first page.

My own entry in the contest, with one word to spare:

What’s your name?
Objection. Hearsay.

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