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On writing

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11.05.2021
By William R. Jones

It is probably good to capture the attention of readers with a very good first sentence to compete against all other attractions. This was my first piece of advice to a writer friend. On the other hand, a bold title or headline (although editors often change this) tells people immediately if they wish to spend time reading further or not.

A score plus a few days ago, my writer friend asked for my advice, more or less, on "how to increase his chances of having his unreceptive articles published." He asked, "What would you do? Write again or move on?"

My suggestions to him recommended that he not give up but continue submissions. I felt it was a bit of a compliment that he should ask my judgment on the matter. I don't like to give advice because there is always the chance that you could cause........

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