I submitted my first brief last week for a written arbitration in the Costco case the Impact Fund works on. Though I didn't write large portions of the brief -- much of it was pulled from a previous claim by the woman we were representing -- I did get to author significant pieces of it.
One question, prompted by a Radio Atlantic episode featuring Ta-Nehisi Coates, was top of mind as I was drafting: Does it haunt?
Here's TNC talking about this idea:
I always say that when I'm trying to write, I want all my facts and all my logic to be correct, in terms of the argument. But the argument should haunt. The argument should bother you. You should feel some type of way. You shouldn't just like, finish the piece, and say "Oh, that guy was right" and go on with the rest of the day. . . There should consequences for the reader.
Around the same time, I finished both seasons of Stranger Things. I had finally gotten around to watching S1 and loved it, only to realize that S2 would come only days later. I finished the most recent season in a bingeful day. The story haunts. It lingered with me for days.
I think this question, "Does it haunt?", can be put to a number of our endeavors. If it doesn't haunt, can you make it so? And if you can't, is it worth doing?