Saturday, September 30, 2006

Compose with fury and correct with phlegm

Books of Account

The Winning Brief
Bryan A. Garner
Oxford University Press (www.oup.com)

Write to win

Tip 6 says, ‘Write a draft straight through, without stopping to edit. Let it sit awhile before editing.' Benefit from Alexander Pope's insight: "Compose with fury and correct with phlegm.' Don't even take time to pick the right words, urges Garner. "When you learn to write this way, the prose itself takes on a different quality. The judicial reader will probably sense greater swiftness within your paragraphs. They won't be laborious reading."

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