At the opening reception, I will tell some stories from that decade of work. For instance: The Comma That Cleft Us; The Amazingly Ambiguous Heretofore; The Little Try That Failed; The Mystifying Command to “Keep It Fuzzy”; The Solitary Shall That Rose from the Grave; and The Near-Meltdown Moment.
Mostly, in keeping with the spirit of the reception, I hope to have a little fun. But I also plan to offer a few lessons or bits of advice for others who are involved in plain-language projects.
- What do you need to agree on before the project starts?
- What kind of process is most likely to work well?
- How do you pick your battles (so to speak)?
Finally, I’ll show some before-and-after examples that I hope will renew or strengthen everyone’s commitment to plain language.
In the end, the projects were, by all accounts, a great success. They are proof that even legal writing is not beyond the reach of plain language.