Count Words, Not Pages

Excuse me if I quote my own tweet:

Besides shrinking the font, you could use columns. (Two! Three!) Or you could reduce the margins. Or for greatest effect, you could deploy all three gimmicks, all to the detriment of the reader.

Another factor that’s irrelevant is saving trees by reducing the number of pages to be printed. We don’t print contracts like we used to, presumably because better hardware means it’s easier to read screens, and because esigning means we don’t need hard copies to sign.

So I encourage you to join me in counting words, not pages.

About the author

Ken Adams is the leading authority on how to say clearly whatever you want to say in a contract. He’s author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, and he offers online and in-person training around the world. He’s also chief content officer of LegalSifter, Inc., a company that combines artificial intelligence and expertise to assist with review of contracts.