The (new) legal writer blog, has a post featuring an article by Raymond P. Ward, titled Techniques for Emphasis and De-Emphasis. The full article can be viewed here. The author makes his case by comparing Justice Scalia’s written opinion with Justice Stevens’ written opinion in Atkins v. Virginia, 536 U.S. 304 (2002). Ward shares his suggestions on effective and persuasive by example and further states:
Good writers don’t need typographic gimmicks to pack their prose with power. Good writers do something else, too: they manipulate the number of sentences to increase or decrease the number of stress positions.
Take a minute to read this interesting article and let us know your experience with effective writing.