WritingLaw Writer Guidelines
- This Is How We Work
- Good Writing Techniques
- Writing Rules
- Other Rules
This Is How We Work:
Note: This is for confirmed writers. If you are a new writer still in the evaluation stage, you don’t have access to our Slack or Trello. So, everything will be via email. But it would be great if you (a new “maybe” writer) follow all other suggestions like files names, headings, etc., mentioned here.
Step 1: You come up with topic ideas and tell me (WritingLaw) the topic names on Slack.
Step 2: I confirm if we have this topic or not. If not, I ask you to go ahead.
Step 3: You send me the article outline on Slack.
Step 4: In a maximum of two days, the editor and I will see your outline and approve it with suggestions. At the same time, I’ll add a new card for this topic on Trello. Anytime, in Trello, you can see your outline, editor’s suggestions, and keywords.
Step 5: You write the articles using outline suggestions and keywords. See Trello if required. Message WritingLaw (or Arushi) on Slack and WhatsApp for any help.
Step 6: After you finish writing, see the Trello checklist and make sure you have followed everything there. Make sure you tick them after checking your article. Don’t do it for formality. I’ll cross verify this, please.
Step 7: Make the Word file and send it to WritingLaw on Slack.
- The filename of the Word file should be: [Your Name] [Month] Topic Name + Version.
- Example: [Ankita] [November] What is Burden of Proof 1
- If you send a new edited Word file, the new Word filename will be: [Ankita] [November] What is Burden of Proof 2
1. In the Word file, don’t do any fancy editing. Keep everything simple. Use bold, italics, etc. But do not insert images or too much style or formatting.
2. Next to every heading, don’t forget to mention what that heading is – H2, H3, or H4?
3. At the top of the Word file, please mention at least three more headings for that article. I’ll use the one that’s the best. Like if your article name is Burden of Proof, three possible headings can be: What is Burden of Proof under Evidence Act, Burden of Proof Explained, and Burden of Proof as per Chapter VII of Evidence Act.
Step 8: Editor will see your writing. If it’s ok, we’ll get it ready for publication. If it needs some re-work, you would be informed of the same.
In Outline, you have to mention all the headings (H1, H2, H3) you are going to include. Please also include any important points in 4-5 lines if required.
Here’s an example of a good outline.
H2: Development of Laws on Child Marriage
H3: The Child Marriage Restraint Act, 1929
H3: The Hindu Marriage Act, 1955
H3: The Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006
H2: Case Laws Related to Child marriage
H3: Name of case 1
H3: Name of case 2
H3: Name of case 3
Every post on WritingLaw can have four kinds of headings. They are H1, H2, H3 and H4.
- H1: Every post will have just one H1. This is the main title of your post.
- H2, H3 and H4: A post can have multiple H2s, H3s and H4s as needed.
Let us understand these by an example.
Assume you are writing an article about yourself. Your name is Ayushi. So, here is how the headings will be. See carefully.
H1 (Title): About Ayushi
Brief Introduction Text
H2 (Major Heading): Educational Qualifications of Ayushi
H2 (Major Heading): Work by Ayushi
H2 (Major Heading): Places Ayushi has Visited
One or two lines saying something like: Now we will see all the places Ayushi has visited.
H3 (Minor heading which is a part of H2): Delhi
Text explaining Ayushi’s Delhi visit.
H3 (Minor heading which is a part of H2): Chennai
Text explaining Ayushi’s Chennai visit.
H3 (Minor heading which is a part of H2): Jaipur
Text explaining Ayushi’s Jaipur visit.
H3 (Minor heading which is a part of H2): Assam
Text explaining Ayushi’s Assam visit. Now, if she visited multiple places there, it would be good to include them in headings. So we will use H4 here.
H4 (Smallest heading which is a part of H3): Kaziranga National Park
H4: Assam State Zoo And Botanical Garden
H4: Kakochang Waterfalls
H4: Orang National Park
H2 (Another Major Heading): Future Plans of Ayushi
I hope now you know what headings are and how to use them. In short: H1 > H2 > H3 > H4. If you have any confusion, see the above example once again carefully. These are very easy. You will figure them out in no time.
Keywords are a set of two or more words that people search most on Google. If you use them in your article as headings or even in lines, paragraphs, etc., your article has an excellent chance to rank well.
- In every article, try to use as many keywords as provided. But do not overdo it. Use one keyword only once or twice.
- If you need to slightly change a keyword, you may, to make it more meaningful.
- I will provide you with the keywords on Slack and also in Trello. Anytime while writing, you can open any of these (preferably Trello) and see them.
Good Writing Techniques:
1. Feel free to use several headings.
2. The basic heading should always be on the top. For example, the headings with words like “Meaning“, “Definition“, “What is” should be on the top. And then other related headings.
For example: When you meet someone, you tell them your name and introduction first. And then you tell them your hobby or why you are contacting them. Same with posts here on WritingLaw. Explain what the reader is going to read in this article. And after that, carry on with other contents.
3. Make sure not to have any paragraph with more than 4 to 5 lines. If it becomes long, just break it into two paragraphs from anywhere you feel right.
In your writing, make sure you follow these rules:
Bare Act Names:
- Always include “the” before a Bare Act name.
- The first alphabet of the Bare Act name will be capital.
- There will be a comma between the Bare Act name and its year.
- No need to add the Act year every time. Once or twice for each Act in one article is enough. Make sure you add the year the first time this Act’s name comes up in the article.
- For example: the Indian Penal Code, 1860 and not Indian penal code 1860.
- After you mention the full Act name in the beginning, you may use its short form. For best writing, scatter them in your article. Like sometimes use Indian Penal Code, sometimes use IPC. And so on.
- When using short names, use these exactly: IPC, CrPC, CPC, Evidence Act, SOGA and so on.
- Use a mixture of the Indian Constitution, the Constitution of India, or just the Constitution. Sometimes you may use India’s Constitution.
- Important: Instead of “said Act”, “mentioned Act”, “the Act”, and such, please mostly try to mention the Act name. Like, instead of section 8 of said Act, write section 8 of IPC (or whatever Act it is).
Word “section” and “Article”:
- The word “section”, when in the middle of the sentence, will always have small “s”.
- The word “Article”, even if in the middle of the sentence, will always have a capital “A”.
- “O” and “R” in Order and Rule will be capital.
- For example:
- This is section 300 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860.
- This is Article 14 of the Indian Constitution.
- This is Order 41, Rule 31 of CPC.
Please do not use the words Honourable, Hon’ble, and such prefixes unnecessarily. Limit them to zero or once per post. These look good when an advocate or someone is addressing a court or judge. In law posts, we do not need to use these.
The word “court” when in the middle of a sentence will always have a small “c”.
For example: The court held him to be the culprit.
The word “court”, when used to address Supreme Court, High Court, Sessions Court, will always have a capital “C”.
For example: In Ramesh vs Suresh, the Supreme Court overruled what the High Court and Sessions Court said.
1. Your writing should be of high quality. The language must be English. You must write with correct grammar, punctuation, spellings, etc.
2. The law notes and articles should be well explained and easy to read.
3. If you include any facts or figures, you must mention the original link of the other website, book, magazine, etc.
4. Do not use unnecessary capital letters between sentences. Do not use a capital alphabet unnecessarily for words in the middle of the sentence.
5. Never use all capital letters for a heading, case name, or anywhere.
For example: Write “Meaning of Right to Life” and not “MEANING OF RIGHT TO LIFE.”
6. Do not start the word after a comma with a capital letter.
7. Case names should be written correctly.
8. Use vs in case names. Do not use vs. or v. or versus.
9. Never use one-word headings. Use proper meaningful headings.
For example: Instead of “Meaning” use “Meaning of Restitution of Conjugal Rights.” This is because no one searches for “meaning”. But people search for “Meaning of Restitution of Conjugal Rights.”
10. Please do not use half sentences. Be formal, simple, full and clear.
11. Do not use :- or —. Use colon (:). Or in rare situations, use dash (–).
12. Write central government and state government. Do not use Central Government and State Government.
13. Stick to one style only throughout the article. For example: If you write two crores, use it everywhere. Do not use 2 crore or Rs. 2 crores, etc. Just stick with one style.
14. Use We instead of I.
For example: In this law note, we will discuss the meaning of free consent in contract law. Not: In this law note, I will discuss the meaning of free consent in contract law.
15. Do not use our. Use the.
For example: Instead of under our Indian legislation use under the Indian legislation. This ensures a good flow even for a reader from a different country.
16. Learn the difference between Act and act.
(i) An act of murder.
(ii) This is IPC. This Act is big. (We are talking about the Indian Penal Code Act. So, it will have capital A.)
17. Amendment will be written normally. Like, There have been 104 amendments to the Indian Constitution. But when with its exact number (that is, while talking about a particular amendment), the first letters will be capital.
For example: 42nd Amendment Act and not 42nd amendment act.