§ 43. Highlight ideas with attention-getters such as bullets.
Find one or more uses of bullets in the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure. Consider (1) why you think the drafters used bullets in those places but not elsewhere, and (2) to what extent the presentation follows the guidelines given in this section.
Find and photocopy a court rule containing a page with a list that would benefit from bullets. Retype the passage to improve it.
In the literature on effective writing, find two discussions of bullets. If you're part of a writing group or class, be prepared to talk about what additional information you learned from those discussions.
© 2001, Bryan A. Garner
These exercises appear in Bryan A. Garner's Legal Writing in Plain English: A Text with Exercises, published by The University of Chicago Press and available at bookstores and on the Web at www.press.uchicago.edu.