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What is the difference between editing and revising?
This question arises from time to time. Editing and reviewing are very similar, and both play a role in the writing process. The writing process, as I’ve talked about in the past, can have four or five stages:
¯ Brainstorming or pre-writing
¯ Draft or sloppy copy
Some teachers and academics may merge editing and review, and that’s okay because there is one step less, but the same amount of work is undertaken.
So what is overhaul?
In simpler terms, it can mean seeing it again.
After completing a piece, a writer will watch it again and then begin editing to correct, improve, or update it. The writer will make corrections, but sometimes after reviewing it, he will be able to improve his first idea. Beginning writers can make small revisions, while seasoned writers can revise to include more or less information. This is when reviewing becomes fun. The writer has the opportunity to develop his thoughts. Even Stephen King, from his novel “Writing: a memory of the profession” said a writer should write their first draft with the door closed and rewrite or revise with the door open.
Even in films about the writers, there are scenes where the rewriting took place. If you have seen “Trumbo”, then about half of the movie is writer Dalton Trumbo, played by Bryan Cranston, and the number of rewrites he does as a screenwriter in Hollywood. In the movie, he edited and revised in the tub of all places, but he worked to get his revisions out.
What is editing?
Editing is when you have completed your review and given it to a colleague or another student for peer editing. During the editing process, on the first pass, an editor can look for punctuation, grammar, typos and spelling errors, verb tenses, word choice, and overall consistency. On the second pass, the editor can look for more, including rhythm, redundancies, passive writing, point of view, style, and voice. There might be a third pass called Development Editing, but it’s usually only for writers who can write long fictions.
Editing does not always mean that the writer has to reduce his words. On the contrary, the writer can keep the same number of words, but write his message in a different way.
You could also do self-publishing, but if you choose to do it, you can miss a lot of mistakes. If you choose to do self-publishing then in my opinion also try to get your manuscript in front of a second pair of eyes.
Some people will say that to write is to rewrite. It could mean that you get more mileage from your second and third drafts than from your first.
At The Post-Journal, we subscribe to The Associated Press News Service. The AP writes stories and sends them electronically, so that we can retrieve them for publication. What most people don’t realize is that some of these stories we publish are a third or sometimes a seventh rewrite.
Yes, even the AP rewritten for clarity, accuracy and for updated information. A perfect example of this is when there is an accident where there are a lot of injuries and deaths. The first draft can be written with just a few details of the scene and what happened.
The seventh rewrite may include the cause of the crash and some names of those who died as well as some quotes from eyewitnesses as well as officials responding to the event that occurred.
“Editing is part of writing. Few writers are so expert that they can produce what they want on the first try. Quite often, on examining the finished work, you will find that there are serious flaws in the arrangement of the material, calling for transpositions. … Remember, it is not a sign of weakness or defeat that your manuscript is in need of major surgery. It is a common phenomenon in all writing and among the best writers. “
This passage was taken from “Elements of style” by William Strunk Jr. and EB White to demonstrate that revising is part of the writing process, and with revising a writer can flow their words more accurately.
It’s so hard.
It is so easy.