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Author Scott Turow, of Chicago’s Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, receives tons of manuscripts every week from other lawyers. With the success of John Grisham, Richard North Patterson, and others, every lawyer is coming out of his or her writer’s closet. “Lawyers are word people,” explains Turow. “The propensity for storytelling is inherent in the profession.” Literary agent Esther Newburg, however, says most manuscripts she receives from lawyers are unreadable. “They can’t write. It’s my job to discourage people who can’t write from writing.” The best advice for budding writers still seems to be: keep your day job.

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