Anonymous asked: I dont really understand the editing process, for example, I don’t know if I should write the whole novel and then edit it, or write a chapter and then edit it. Which is better?

WARNING: The advice below is based on my opinion.

People tend to lump revising a manuscript in with proofreading and call it “editing”. Understanding that these can be two separate processes could be useful in deciding when and how to edit your work. You’re probably doing one or the other, and since the norms for revising and proofreading are different, you might benefit from approaching them in different ways.

Let’s learn, shall we?

These two processes have a bit of overlap. Where? I’m glad you asked.

Because revising and proofreading are often squashed together and presented as “editing”, it’s easy to get confused about scale. Revising tends to be big picture and handle changes to the story itself. Proofreading is small-scale. It has more to do with the mechanics of the words on the page, of the language used to convey the story to the reader, rather than with the content of the story. When someone says “editing”, they can mean either or both.

I proofread a bit as I’m writing, but mostly I revise my manuscript after I finish a draft and then proofread the whole thing again after revising. The last part, the part where I revise and proofread after I finish the draft, that’s what I call “editing”. Experiment and see what “editing” means to you.

Bottom line: Whether it be proofreading or revising, there is no correct way to edit. Just get it done.

Here are a few articles with opinions and methods that might help:

Thank you for your question! If you have any further questions or comment, please let us know in our ask box!

-C


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    I need this cause editing can be overwhelming if you’re editing 400+ pages.
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