Oooo! I just had to participate in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge today. Here are my offerings:
The bus stop in front of the local high school.
By the duck pond at the park.
At the Rose Garden at Mesa Community College.
Thank you to Ryan Lanz for this suggestion-packed article, which first appeared on his website, A Writer’s Path.
For some writers, editing strikes fear into their hearts. Okay, perhaps not fear, but some discomfort. At least a stomach ache, right?
Before you reach for the antacids, let’s discuss the different methods of editing and introduce some ways that might make it less intimidating.
Why do we edit?
I know, it’s a simple question. But as you’ve observed in some of my past blog posts, I strive to get to the root of the subject at hand. By mastering the basics, we can reach many heights (thank you, fortune cookie from lunch).
I imagine those all seem pretty obvious. The last item was particularly interesting to me, though. I’ve read many interviews where literary agents say that spelling/grammar errors are often within the top three pet-peeves. One commented that a writer can’t be trusted with a book deal if the same writer can’t be trusted with basic grammar.
Types of Editing
That also brings us to the different types of editing. I once thought this was fairly straight-forward. Ah, but the life of an editor is anything but simple. There are many types of editing that one can do. Here are some of the different categories:
Related: Check out available proofreaders and copyeditors here.
Some editors process these terms/categories a bit differently, but essentially it depends on how detailed you want an editor to go. Sometimes, it’s just easier to pay an editor to work on your manuscript; however, you can always go the route of self-editing.
So, how do you self-edit? This isn’t too difficult on the surface, but there are a few methods that might help to keep in mind.
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