Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Motro: How To Write A Law Article That Reads Like A Good Story

Journal of Legal Education (2014)Shari Motro (Richmond), The Three-Act Argument: How to Write a Law Article That Reads Like a Good Story, 64 J. Legal Educ. 707 (2015):

Why do many law articles — my own included — leave readers cold? One reason may be that they lack fundamental elements that make up a good story. They lack tension. They lack narrative arc. Over my years teaching seminars and exchanging drafts with colleagues, I’ve developed a recipe inspired by dramatic plot that helps me organize ideas into a form that better engages the reader. I’ve also found it to be conducive to a richer, more generative, more joyful writing process. I hope it does the same for you!

See also Shari Motro (Richmond), Scholarship Against Desire, 27 Yale J.L. & Human. 115 (2015).

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I have an alternate structure in which the protagonist believes he has a solution to a legal problem, finds out in the second act that the solution is wrong, and meets someone who suggests a new solution--frequently opposite to the first one--in the concluding act.

Posted by: mike livingston | Oct 1, 2015 4:40:23 AM