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Monday, May 30, 2005

Why I Write

There have been many interesting posts about what motivates us law professors to write.  The discussion was created here, on this blog, by Paul Horwitz.  Orin Kerr writes to work through a tough problem or make the world a better place (further thoughts here).  Eric Muller writes for fulfillment. Michael Froomkin notes several reasons, such as furthering an understanding of an issue, sharing a cool idea with others, replying to a critic, suggesting social reforms, or being required to in order to participate in a conference.  Michael Madison writes to share ideas with others.

I agree with all of the reasons mentioned above, but for me, the thing that most invigorates me about writing is the creative process.  I write because I like creating things and because it gives me joy (and some candy for the ego) when my work has an impact on others.  It’s great when people agree, but I even enjoy when people disagree – at least I’ve started an interesting conversation.  In other words, I like creating things, launching them into the world, and watching what they do. 

If I could paint, I’d paint.  If I could write novels, I’d write novels.  But I believe that I’m better able to write about the law than create paintings or novels.  And I’m too old to be making Lego creations . . .  well, I guess you can never be too old, but it’s just not a realistic way to make a living.  

Posted by Daniel Solove on May 30, 2005 at 03:58 PM in Daniel Solove, Life of Law Schools | Permalink

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This is the problem with law school teaching in general. Professor's focus too much on irrelevant issues of theory and not enough on trying to prepare students for the real world of practice. This should be every professor's top and only priority!!

Posted by: hr | Oct 19, 2005 2:56:36 PM

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