The Hardest Kind of Writing

I have been writing a regular column for the Dallas Bar Headnotes on the topic of legal writing. My newest article, entitled "The Hardest Kind of Writing," just came out in Headnotes yesterday.

In this article, I discuss Professor George Gopen's thesis that legal writing is the hardest kind of writing. I weave in a discussion of legal-writing instructor Gretchen Sween's interesting theory that successful legal writers must, like the Shakespeare character Hamlet, go temporarily insane. Her idea is that entering into a "temporary insanity" while in the writing process staves off the final insanity that can undermine our writing.

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-- Scott Stolley, Thompson & Knight