The first place that I start is …with the idea that instead of being paid by the word, I am paying by the word, that the fewer words I can use to tell my story the better, that compression, that economy, all of these things are good.

Neil Gaiman, Neil Gaiman Teaches the Art of Storytelling, Masterclass.com, 2019, Lecture 7, Short Fiction

Neil Gaiman’s advice is also applicable to legal writing. Words are a precious commodity, a valuable resource to be used only when necessary.

A written submission should be a succinct and precise analysis of the issues, not a meandering display of excess verbiage. 

Pay by the word – keep it lean.

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