A Lesson from The Walking Dead
My son and I watched The Walking Dead together last weekend. We both looked at each other after it was over because we were still trying to figure out the ending. We rewound and rewatched it several times. Then we discussed it and put the clues together. Aha! So that’s what it meant.
I told my son I liked stories like that. The author doesn’t tell you what happens but leaves enough clues for you to figure it out yourself after you close the book and think about if for a while. John le Carre writes his spy novels that way.
I like to use this in my law practice. I find it much more persuasive when I write a letter to opposing counsel where he comes to the right conclusion himself rather than me telling him. The same goes for argument to the judge or jury and briefs to the appeals court. Don’t hit them over the head with the answer. Leave enough clues for the reader to figure it out on their own.