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Tackling an Unfamiliar Topic?

When presented with writing about an unfamiliar topic or a difficult subject, spend some time brainstorming through the scenario. Research the subject matter.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Who is involved?
  • What is the issue?
  • When did the issue begin?
  • Where is the action taking place (jurisdiction)?
  • Why did the issue develop
  • What laws apply?

Create an outline as you answer each of the above questions. This process can generate good content for your document.

Next, start writing. Draft an introduction, body, and conclusion. Then, take a break.

Return to your writing task and read your draft. If you don’t like it, start the process again. If you are pleased with the content, proofread carefully. If you have time, ask a friend to give you feedback.

Writing about an unfamiliar topic can be scary and stressful. But, this type of writing helps you grow. Who knows? You may learn something that really excites you!

by Jackie Van Dyke, MPS, CP® – The Paralegal Writer

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