April 27, 2015

The Lawyer/Novelist

Some lawyers turn to writing fiction to express themselves in a form different from the one they use in every day life (no snark, please, we're serious). The National Law Journal profiles a number of them, including Allan Topol, Douglas Wood, and Scott Turow, in this interesting article (registration required, free).

Mr. Turow points out that writing fiction is difficult, and requires work. He notes that some colleagues have mentioned that they wish they had followed in his footsteps. He has reminded them that writing takes training and perseverance (and, we would add, talent). Not everyone can create the kind of world he has in his wonderful novels Presumed Innocent and Reversible Errors, or the view of law school he gave us in One-L. Even among lawyer-novelists, those like Mr. Turow are rarities.

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