Tweeting to better writing

POSTED BY Rick Shera
17 May 2010

posted in l@w.geek.nz | Legal Practice

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Being a lawyer comes with an occupational defect - being too wordy.  We can get a bit obsessed with having to cover every base, dot every i and cross every t.  That often makes for way too many words.

Recently, I've been trying to cut down on verbiage so that mere mortals who are not lawyers can get an inkling of what the hell I'm talking about (at least when I think about it and don't lapse back into bad old ways).   It actually all started with a very useful little book by a client of mine - the Writer's Diet, by Helen Sword.  In it she suggests ways of getting rid of writing flab (hence the title of the book).  You can get an idea of what she is talking about by taking the Waistline test on her website here http://www.writersdiet.ac.nz/

Anyway, what moved me to write this post is that I've also noticed that having to confine myself to 140 characters per tweet, but yet convey something useful and understandable, is actually making my writing better as well.  I now find myself looking at my other writing and working to cut out superfluous words, just as one has to do on twitter.

And people say that twitter, like sms messaging before it, will be the downfall of proppa Engklish.  Go figure.

POSTED BY Rick Shera
17 May 2010

posted in l@w.geek.nzLegal Practice

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