Wednesday, September 30, 2015
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).