Sep 27

Editing Process

Editing and revising a piece can be one of the hardest parts of writing. Yet, it is one of the most important stages of writing. Here is a suggested process to help you organize yourself when editing. 

1. Read your piece to yourself to find big problems. 
       When editing, let yourself be the first set of eyes. ONLY look at big picture items. Things such as topic/theme consistency, relevancy, clarity, voice, tone, imagery, order, message, and length are often looked at in this stage. If you are writing a narrative, or if you have a person in your story, you'll often consider the person's voice or character consistency throughout. 
       This is the point where you will often cut sentences or paragraphs, change the order, rewrite entire sections of your piece, or change your wording to make your piece more clear. BIG things are happening.

2. Give your piece to a friend for feedback. 
Sep 27
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Details: Concrete vs. Abstract

We want our writing to feel genuine, and to connect with our readers to the point where they can visualize our words in their heads. A great way to learn to connect to readers through writing is by understanding the difference between concrete and abstract details. A concrete detail or image will help engage your readers by getting them to create a visual picture of your writing in their own minds.

Concrete vs Abstract. A concrete detail/image is one that is grounded in a tangible idea, example and/or description; a concrete detail is sometimes referred to as a specific detail and often it is also a sensory detail. An abstract detail/image has language and examples that are conceptual and have multiple interpretations. 
        Concrete: The plant just barely brushed the bottom of my knee; its flower was broad as my face, and its stem as thick as my pinky. 
Sep 27

Questions for Editing

Editing your piece of writing is not about making sure the grammar or spelling is correct -- save that for when you polish the FINAL draft -- it's about making sure that the content is at its full potential. It is about revision.

In your first big edit of a piece of work, make sure of the main point and that it is conveyed; put another way, it is why you're writing this piece. And don't worry, it may take a few revisions to fully unearth the main concept. (Remember: The secret to good writing is learning to revise your work to make it better!)