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'''Editing''', the fourth step in the writing process, is the act of correcting and improving your draft. Usually, editing covers small typos and sentence structure problems as well as paragraph form and other grammatical issues. It is not be confused with [[revising]] (the third step in the writing process) which involves plot changes, character strengthening and usually redrafting. Most [[Wrimo|WriMos]] start editing their novels during the months of and February and March.
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'''Editing''', the fourth step in the writing process, is the act of correcting and improving your draft. Usually, editing covers small typos and sentence structure problems as well as paragraph form and other grammatical issues. It is not be confused with [[revising]] (the third step in the writing process) which involves plot changes, character strengthening and usually redrafting. NaNoWriMo's [[Now What? Months]] offer resources after the new year for Wrimos seeking to edit and revise their novels.
  
  
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* Voice
 
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* Punctuation
 
* Punctuation
 
* Capitalization
 
* Capitalization
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==How to edit==
 
==How to edit==
  
Most resources suggest that the writer should first check each scene for usefulness, potency, and to see if it starts and ends in the right place, then check each paragraph for unity, coherence and emphasis, then each sentence for effectiveness, structure, and clearness, then each word for effectiveness and vividness.
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Most resources suggest that the writer should first check each scene for usefulness, potency, and to see if it starts and ends in the right place; then check each paragraph for unity, coherence and emphasis; then each sentence for effectiveness, structure, and clearness; then each word for effectiveness and vividness.
  
 
Good [[NaNoWriMo forums]] to refer to are [[Novel Draft Aftercare]] and [[Writing 101]].
 
Good [[NaNoWriMo forums]] to refer to are [[Novel Draft Aftercare]] and [[Writing 101]].
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* Read the manuscript out loud. If you get tongue tied on a sentence, change it.
 
* Read the manuscript out loud. If you get tongue tied on a sentence, change it.
 
* Use a red pen to mark your mistakes. Red shows up best on paper.
 
* Use a red pen to mark your mistakes. Red shows up best on paper.
* Don't expect to get every single typo. There are countless published books that have gone through the author, critique partners, agent, editor, publisher, and advanced copy receivers that still have one or two typos in it. If you want your book to be grammatically perfect, I'm afraid you'll be working yourself for far too long.
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* Don't expect to get every single typo on the first read-through. There are countless published books that have gone through the author, critique partners, agent, editor, publisher, and advanced copy receivers that still have one or two typos in it. If you want your book to be grammatically perfect, I'm afraid you'll be working yourself for far too long.
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[[Category:Writing terms]]

Latest revision as of 00:18, 20 August 2015

Editing, the fourth step in the writing process, is the act of correcting and improving your draft. Usually, editing covers small typos and sentence structure problems as well as paragraph form and other grammatical issues. It is not be confused with revising (the third step in the writing process) which involves plot changes, character strengthening and usually redrafting. NaNoWriMo's Now What? Months offer resources after the new year for Wrimos seeking to edit and revise their novels.


What to edit

Editing includes correcting, improving, or modifying:

  • Descriptions
  • Point of View
  • Voice
  • Tense
  • Punctuation
  • Capitalization
  • Manuscript form
  • Paragraph form
  • Dialogue/dialogue tags
  • Misspellings
  • Word use
  • Sentence structure
  • Clarity
  • Unity
  • Making nouns more concrete and verbs more vivid

When to edit

Editing usually comes right after revising.

How to edit

Most resources suggest that the writer should first check each scene for usefulness, potency, and to see if it starts and ends in the right place; then check each paragraph for unity, coherence and emphasis; then each sentence for effectiveness, structure, and clearness; then each word for effectiveness and vividness.

Good NaNoWriMo forums to refer to are Novel Draft Aftercare and Writing 101.

Tips for Editing

  • Print the manuscript out. It's easier to spot typos on paper than it is on screen.
  • Read the manuscript out loud. If you get tongue tied on a sentence, change it.
  • Use a red pen to mark your mistakes. Red shows up best on paper.
  • Don't expect to get every single typo on the first read-through. There are countless published books that have gone through the author, critique partners, agent, editor, publisher, and advanced copy receivers that still have one or two typos in it. If you want your book to be grammatically perfect, I'm afraid you'll be working yourself for far too long.