As a lawyer, you have probably gotten so used to writing certain types of documents that you can turn out a nearly flawless draft on the first try. A big part of what makes you more productive than your younger self, the self that used to write for fun, before time was money and before you constantly operated under the assumption that anything you say can and will be used against you, is that you don’t experiment with your writing anymore.
If, as it has been said, law school takes the fun out of reading, imagine how much life after the bar exam takes the fun out of writing. In a recent post on Copyblogger, Stefanie Flaxman reminds us of how the true gems of our writing often come encrusted in what she so eloquently calls a “necessary mess.”
Let the Mess Shine In
In Flaxman’s post, even the phrase “necessary mess” is itself a second draft; she originally called this indispensable aspect of writing “the ugly draft.” Your baby boomer English teachers probably called it a “sloppy copy.” Many writers use this phase of writing to help themselves overcome writer’s block; they write the first thing that comes to their minds.
Flaxman says that she sometimes just writes the word “something” again and again until her mind starts producing other words. In the age of instantly visible word counts, you can set yourself the goal of writing a certain number of words and resolve to call it a day even if you have written 1,000 words of gibberish, as long as you met your word count. Many times, if you keep writing “something something something,” you end up with something brilliant by the time you reach your word count goal. Then you make the brilliant part the starting point for your much better organized second draft.
What About Blogs?
Much of the blog posts on the Internet deserve their reputation for being poorly thought out. Some writers just write gibberish until they reach their word count goal and then click “post.” Sadly, this even includes professional writers, especially those who work for low-paying content mills. If you are only getting paid a dollar for every 200 words, typing a slightly more grammatically complex form of “something something something” until you reach your target length is all you can afford to do. When you read the blog on a business website, you can usually tell whether the blog content is the result of several drafts or was simply outsourced to the lowest bidder. If you are writing your own blog on a law firm’s website, though, your blog is an opportunity to publish some of your best thought-out writing.
Legal Content Writers
In a perfect world, lawyers would have time to spend writing and revising blog posts, but the reality is that most don’t. The next best thing is to entrust your blog content to experienced writers knowledgeable about the law. You can count on Law Blog Writers to create engaging, accurate content for your law firm’s blog.