Lawyers constantly fear that their words will be taken out of context, so they cram qualifiers in every sentence to combat that possibility. Living in and acting out of fear produces many bad results, and hideous legal writing is but one of them.
Lawyer emails can be epic. Follow these (tongue-in-cheek) tips to make your emails really memorable!
When it comes to creative endeavors, we’re usually taught that if we don’t do something better than average on our first try, we don’t have talent and should just move on to something else. Imagine if we took the same attitude toward reading or math in schools?! Sure, some people are more creative than others. Some people are way more creatively blocked than others. Guess what? The ones who have less raw talent, but get in there and keep trying and failing and then trying again, are often the ones who produce something less than perfect, but get the accolades.
As a fledgling writer, you might be better off avoiding flat-out battles with your critic every time you try to write. I’m just sayin’. Instead, try powering your writing from the non-linear, right side of your brain, by using images as your launching point.
Even lawyers are creative. But they usually want to see evidence of creativity before considering that they might have some. That’s backwards. The urge to create comes way before the manifestation, and that urge needs nurturing and guidance, not boot camp and production quotas.
I’m in the middle of playing Connect 4 with the 7 year-old. He loves this game, and he’s pretty good at it. I, on the other hand, am bored out of my mind. Then I berate myself that I need to share his enthusiasm, to enter his world. So I try to understand the attraction…
You don’t need to be a star to use your gifts as part of a job that makes you happy. Worrying that you’re not going to be a rich star by using your gifts confuses two very different things: process and product. Or, maybe daily practice v. a performance. Lawyers, with their emphasis on performance, have a particular need to separate the two.