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5 Powerful Ways to End Your Article

How do you end your article with an echo that reverberates in your reader's mind? Endings are important - so important, in fact, that some writers say a strong ending is more important than a strong beginning! I disagree. If you don't hook your reader from the start, she'll never get to the end.

How to Edit Your Writing – 5 Ways to Prune and Polish Your Words

manuscript makeover elizabeth lyonWhy do you need to know how to edit your writing? Because editing will improve your writing more than anything else (even chocolate, coffee, cigarettes, and wine). 

“Most writers can’t edit,” says freelance book editor Jason Black. Does that mean most editors can’t write? No matter…if you want to learn how to edit your writing, you’ll be interested in this guest post on self-editing from Black himself!

Before his tips, a quip:

“If you end a sentence or paragraph with an unanswered question, readers must go on to find the answer.” ~ Elizabeth Lyon, Manuscript Makeover.

I love it! Unanswered questions are like breadcrumbs scattered throughout your pages…they keep your readers slightly sated yet hungry for more. To learn more from editor and writer Elizabeth Lyon, read Manuscript Makeover.

And, check out these five editing tips from Jason Black…Read More »How to Edit Your Writing – 5 Ways to Prune and Polish Your Words

6 Editing Tips for Writers From Copywriters, Editors, and Freelancers

To improve your writing, you need to edit yourself mercilessly. These six editing tips are from copywriters, editors, and freelance writers; they’ll help you clean up your articles and chapters, and increase the chances of selling your work to an editor or publisher.

Before the tips, a quip:

“It is perfectly okay to write garbage – as long as you edit brilliantly.” ~ C. J. Cherryh.

Fellow scribes, don’t let your fears of writing or rejection stop you from writing that first draft! Rest in the knowledge that almost any piece of writing — no matter how limp or soggy — can be improved with a few simple editing tips. For more editing advice, read Great Little Last-Minute Editing Tips for Writers: The Ultimate Frugal Booklet for Avoiding Word Trippers and Crafting Gatekeeper-Perfect Copy (pictured). And, check out these six tips from experienced copywriters, editors, and freelance writers…Read More »6 Editing Tips for Writers From Copywriters, Editors, and Freelancers