Why do the chickens come home to roost?

No, it isn’t the follow up to the chicken crossing the road, but it is a phrase that has been around for a long time.

In fact, in seems we have Chaucer to thank for this one. Find out more about why chickens come home to roost.

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How the most common deathbed regrets can improve your writing

Here is another perspective on how to improve your writing.

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Talking about plagiarism

Plagiarism is a big issue. It can get you into a lot of trouble.

This post is aimed at editors and proofreaders, but it has useful information for everyone about avoiding plagiarism.

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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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