Sunday, July 24, 2016

The importance of editing

The importance of editing. After recently finishing up my third project is when I actually realized how important it is to have someone else edit your work. No matter how great we might think of ourselves as the perfect editor, there are just some things that won't be able to catch while editing your own work. It is said that few readers purchase a book without first reading a few pages. A killer cover along with the catchy title will grab their attention, but flawless error free writing will seal the deal. There is nothing more distracting then a manuscript that's full of errors. It is also been proven that you can be the best writer ever but if your book is full of misspelled words and bad punctuation, along with bad grammar readers will doubt your abilities to carry the story through. Professional editing is often more deeper than simply proofreading. Getting your work edited guarantees that your book is clear and flows really well. Many times before I honestly could not measure the importance of good editing, but speaking from past experience, I have undoubtably ran across brutally honest reviews that suggested that I need help. It's Perfectly Normal in my opinion not to be able to be your own eyes. There have been times when I have edited things myself and could have swore up and down that I had caught every last error, But later reviewer the document only to find few errors here and there. After investing a great deal of time, plenty of emotion, and possibly a shitload of money why release your work to the world with errors that could have easily been avoided with the help of a great editor. What I have learnt to this present day is to look at editing as an investment into your writing career. Here are three things that good editing may compliment in your manuscript: your character build up, your writing style, and the overall flow of your book. So to wrap up this area on editing there is generally about 5 different categories or types of editing. First you have line editing and proofreading, which is basically is going line by line and editing it for grammar errors as you go. No type of intensive rewriting is involved usually the reduction of redundancy of words, which are things that we tend to say over and over again expressing the same point. The second style of editing is color editing, this option is typically used when you as the Author need to rearrange some words the better more consistently while still retaining the basic structure of the script. This option is not really too much rewriting but instead just some words to add more clarity to your work. The next Style editing would be content editing. This form of editing does indeed include major rewriting, some deleting, and some rearrangements overall tone of characters and Plots. Next style of editing would be show not tell editing which the main purpose is to transport the reader right into the scene making him or her feel as if they were really there. Then last but not least you have developmental editing which will add a lot of info as well as take a lot out. In this style of editing it is the editors job to reach into the soul of your work and finesse your manuscript into something great. Here is where you will add new traits to characters, and begin to get very detailed. Developmental editing pretty much includes all the Styles I have mentioned above and is the most extensive and costly Form of editing. These are strictly my points of view on editing, but I understand it is up to you at your own total discretion whether you want your manuscript edited or not by another person.

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