How to write first and last lines

editing_and_proofreading_blog_1031First lines are important.

They grab attention.

Last lines are important too.

They stay with the reader.

So here are some tips for first and last lines.

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What to do after you think your manuscript is ready

I’ve finished my first draft, so now I need a proofreader.

It is the email that makes my heart sink.

Yes, I know you have put a lot of effort into getting this far. But no, I’m not in the business of charging you loads of money for the sake of it.

Good editors are interested in doing a good job at the appropriate stage. That means you need a really good draft before you contact one of us.

Here are some useful tips about what to do before your manuscript is ready.

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The benefits of being a beta reader

Here is a handy post about how being a beta reader can improve your work.

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Commonly confused phrases

I’m not sure I believe some of these.

But if people are getting muddled, let’s get it fixed.

Here are 33 commonly misunderstood words and phrases.

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5 Tips for writing vivid fiction

We haven’t had any writing tips from famous people for a while.

Here are some thoughts about vivid fiction from Edgar Allan Poe.

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Where does the word insurance come from?

National Insurance has been in the headlines since the budget. In the US, the word insurance is also topical.

Read some background to the word insurance in this post.

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5 rules for writing a sequel

Writing a sequel is a good marketing ploy. People know they liked the first one, so it is easier to persuade them to give the next one a try.

And of course, you already have an element of the planning done.

Here are 5 rules for writing a sequel.

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