Jayne Dalmer | August 24, 2016
Excuse me while I clear my throat. And now stretch! Almost there…
Now, where was I?
Annoying isn’t it?
Writers can be just as guilty of ‘beating about the bush’ as speakers. Legal writing in particular is loaded with meaningless formulaic words at the start of sentences — a waste of time for readers and writers.
Consider phrases like this:
The deeper you dive into the meaning of these phrases the more bottomless they become. But they’re not just an annoyance — they actually distance readers and dilute your message.
Delete these stale beginnings and start with the main idea. In longer paragraphs, summarise the content in the first sentence.
A fresh, client-focused beginning shows that you’re both professional and interested in your client.
Our new legal writing workshop can help freshen up your beginnings. And it has more than a few tips for middles and endings too!