Writing Tip of the Month: Last Words

Words written at the end of a sentence, paragraph, or chapter carry more impact than those written before.  For example: “If you can stand the expense, a Mercedes will prove to be a fine reliable automobile.” As opposed to: “A Mercedes will prove to be a fine reliable automobile, if you can stand the expense.” This can be very important in establishing a mood, developing a character, or setting a conflict, major or minor. It means even if you are composing a stream-of-consciousness or writing by the seat of your pants, you must do some examination of your work as you go. Failing that, remember rewriting.

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