Writing

If writing is something you love to do, you would think that coming up with creative writing ideas would be easy. Sometimes it’s not difficult for you to think of something great to write about. But sometimes, writer’s block can prohibit your abilities to let your creative juices flow. Writer’s block is commonly thought of as that annoying lack of creativity you get when you’re working on a blog, short story or novel and can’t think of what to write about. To reduce the chances of writer’s block, you’ll need to do a few exercises to come up with writing subject matter before you start your next project.

If you like fiction works and are looking for a few creative ideas, it may be a good idea to try writing short stories. Attempt to write, even if you thin your ideas aren’t the best. If the story turns out bad, it’s OK because you didn’t spend an extensive amount of time on the short story. On the other hand, you may find that the “dumb” idea you thought you had has turned into a great story.

For specific ideas, search around you. Pay attention to people around you. Try to listen to their conversations. If it’s interesting, maybe you could write about it? Pick a area you know well, maybe at school, work, or a favorite destination and build a story with it. You could use one room in a building you know well and create a whole story about it. You could use the people you meet and know as your characters, or only use their situations. It is your choice.

If you want to find specific ideas for your story, just look around you. Observe the people around you and try to catch bits and pieces of their conversations. You can also write a short story based on your dreams. Write your dreams down so you’ll remember the important details as you’re creating your story.

It’s also a good idea to use your past experiences as inspiration for your short story. Think about the things that have happened to you, and how interesting this information would be to other readers.

Remember to be patient with yourself when you’re trying to get over writer’s block and come up with an engaging story. Even if you don’t feel that your idea is the best, keep going with it to complete your thoughts and create what could be a quality written work.

Long letter instead of short one

In a long letter to a friend Henry David Thoreau once stated that he apologized for writing a long letter since he did not have the time to write a short one.

Unlike Thoreau when writing a business letter they must be short, effective, well organized, and to the point. It sometimes takes more effort to write and short yet effective letter. Before writing the letter think about what you are going to say. There are three characteristics your letter should revolve around:

One or two main points with the important one first
Examples to support the point
A comment or two for each example

Example:

“ Dear (name),

“ Three investments need to be improved; software, training, and computers.

“Computers: Three additional computers will increase productivity. Two are needed in accounting and one is needed in personnel. These will help free up staff. We need computers for word processing since they include WordPerfect. Computer prices are low right now. If purchased within the next month you can save $1,500.

“Software: We need additional software programs including (state the name of the programs and why they are needed)

“Training: The third item we need to invest in is training. (gives reasons why employees need additional training and what training options are being requested).”

The writer needs to end the letter by stating the next steps to be taken.

If you are able to keep the letter to a three point limit and backing up each point with one or two sentences writing effective letters will get easier. Your reader will find them faster to read and easier to understand.

Writing tips!

Here are some quick legal writing tips that you will find useful:

First, know your audience. Think about who will be reading your writing and tailor it accordingly. If you are submitting papers to a Federal District Court, for example, be precise and thorough because every word will be read. But if you are writing for a busy New York City trial court, be as concise as possible without sacrificing clarity.

Second, avoid common writing mistakes. Don’t use then when you mean than or vice versa. Then denotes a time sequence. It indicates an action or event that will immediately follow. For example, “we ate dinner and then slept”. Than is used for comparisons. For example, “Algebra is harder than Geometry.”

Third, use apostrophes correctly. The plural of subpoena is not subpoena’s but subpoenas. It’s is a contraction for “it is”. Its on the other hand indicates possession. We should write “It’s a good case” not “its a good case”.

Of course, the above is just a tiny sample of some common writing mistakes to get you started. Please continue honing your writing skills. As lawyers, clear communication in speech and writing is crucial to our success.