Legal Linguist Joins the PatchWork Collective Coworking Space in Ferndale, Michigan

Writing can be a lonely profession. While some of the best writing happens behind closed doors, some of the best thinking happens collectively. That’s why I am excited to announce that Legal Linguist is joining the PatchWork Collective, a drop-in coworking space in Ferndale, Michigan. Continue reading

When Emotion Can Get in the Way of Writing

Emotional conflict is a natural part of the law. Whether you are blogging about a controversial legal issue or responding to a pleading or email from an opposing counsel, you may find yourself wrapped up in an emotional response. But that emotion can get in the way of your writing, and in resolving your issues. Continue reading

Blogging Taught This “Pantser” to Plan

When it comes to fiction writing, the blank page has always been an invitation to me, rather than an obstacle. I have a unique ability to write linearly, flying by the seat of my pants and improvising as I go. Historically, I have never done must planning before pen hits page. But as I have gotten more serious about content strategies, blogging taught this “pantser” to plan. Continue reading

When Writing Becomes Part of the Flow

When do you lose track of time? When you are playing with your kids? Networking with other business professionals? Digging into a tough problem at work? What about writing? Professional development professionals call being in the zone like this “flow.” For bloggers, writing becomes part of the flow, but only if they get the distractions out of the way. Continue reading

Be Clear About Expectations, With Your Partners and Yourself

Do you know what success looks like? What does it mean for everyone in your firm to pull their weight? If you want your blog, or your business, to be successful, you need to be clear about expectations – including who will do what, when. And that applies to your business partners, and yourself. Continue reading

Getting Personal to Create Sustainable Change

If you are thinking about starting something new, it can be easy to jump in with both feet, sometimes without looking to see where you will land. But that may make it hard to create sustainable change that lasts beyond the first roadblock. You need a plan that will give you the personal support you need to commit to change over the long haul.
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Why I Am Not Blogging My Thoughts

Last week was rough. Two instances of white police shooting black men, both with videos led up to several gunmen shooting 11 police officers, killing 5, during a protest. I have a lot of thoughts about all of this. A lot. But here’s why I’m not blogging my thoughts. Continue reading

“But I Don’t Wanna Write Today!”

  1. Some days, there are a million other things you would rather be doing than writing a blog post. It isn’t that you don’t have time, it’s that the world is calling and you just “don’t wanna write today!” But don’t give in. Find ways to stick to your writing commitments. The habits you develop will serve you well in the end.  Continue reading

Huffington Post Doesn’t Pay Its Writers, and It’s a Problem

If you’re looking for a way to expand your reach and build your reputation, Huffington Post may seem like an attractive platform. With its national reach and reputation, it might even seem too good to resist. But I won’t do it, and I encourage you to take a pass as well. I’ll tell you why. Continue reading