Just like there are different styles of chocolate cake, there are different styles of editing and critiquing. It’s good to know which is which, especially if you’re offering to swap-critique with someone. It gets awkward if you’re supposed to be doing a typo-swipe and you end up line-by-line editing.
This is probably the most detailed edit there is. It verges on a complete rewrite. Every. Single. Line gets scrutinised to the point of annihilation and rehabilitation. Doing this takes time and commitment. Don’t rush.
Every sentence gets eyeballed for things like: passive wording, needless description, overuse of words, repetition, unclear sentence structure, character and plot problems, clunky action scenes, and lame jokes. (I’m kidding for the last one. Okay…maybe not.)
If you were sane (which, of course is laughable this could be called “proof-editing”. I renamed it.
Basically you look for typos, sentences that don’t make sense, and punctuation. It’s not rocket science. But writers often miss a lot of these things, because they’re so used to their manuscript. This kind of editing is invaluable. Trust me.
This zeros in on character development, fixing plot problems, and making sure the entire book flows in the right direction. If you’re cutting scenes, you’ll probably do it here. How’s your POV (point-of-view)? Anyone acting out of character? Are we missing scenes? Or are there too many?
the Chocolate Cake
This is for you. Just because you’re awesome and if I’m drooling on my computer screen, you should be too.
links to good posts about editing
This post talks about what adverbs to cut and why.
announcing the winners of the 10K critique
Phewf! You finally get to find out (unless you cheated and scrolled. Did you? Naughty, naughty…)
Picked by random.org, the winners are…
Congrats! Go check your inboxes, because we’ve emailed you with the details!
cait and mime have considered becoming chocolate cake connoisseurs. they have yet to convince their mother that it alone will sustain life. mime is reading sweetly and cait is reading contaminated. since it is school holidays for mime, they are competing to see who can be out-quoted. mime thinks it’s like budapest. cait thinks they remember budapest very differently.