When you write a book, you spend day after day scanning and identifying the trees. When you’re done you have to stay back and look at the forest.STEPHEN KING, Author of ‘It’, ‘Misery’ and many other horror fiction novels.
For a writer, Editing is one of the most important elements in their article. It revises the article and makes it accurate. While writing, the author may not be able to focus on the grammar or correctly using the punctuation marks, which makes editing an almost inevitable activity for the writer. But how can editing be done properly? Let’s find the solution from the following questions.
Before we start the first question which arises is ‘What is Editing?’ Editing is a preparation of written material for publication by correcting, condensing, and modifying it. It follows the principle of 3 Cs i.e., Complete, Correct, and Consistent. It ensures that the work is complete, it does not contain any type of typographical errors or grammatical errors, and it also makes sure that the pace, narration, and the flow of the subject are consistent.
After understanding the meaning of editing, another question we find ourselves asking is, ‘Why is Editing so much Important?’ Many times when we write, we are unable to detect grammatical mistakes. We continue writing with our flow without identifying the basic mistakes we are producing in our work. Here by ‘our work’ I do not point towards our daily journal, Instead, I’m talking about the work that is supposed to be read by a third person. No one is going to read our daily journal and thus we don’t have to be grammatically correct in it. But when we are writing for another pair of eyes then it becomes necessary for the writer to be precise with every letter he types/writes. It is also necessary that the work must be without errors because errors are those enemies of the writer who divert the attention of the reader, which may end up with the reader losing his interest to read further.
I am writing a first draft and reminding myself that I am simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castlesSHANNON HALE, Author of ‘Princess Academy’, ‘The Goose Girl’, etc.
How can we start editing? There are two stages of editing. One, When the author edits his work himself. Two, When a second person edits the work. We may wonder that when the editing has been done by the author then why does it become necessary for the work to be edited by a second person? The answer to this question is many a time our eyes can’t detect errors in our work because of the flow our brain follows. Therefore it becomes really necessary for the work to be analyzed by a second person. For Editing, many authors even hire freelancers as a second person who can edit their work.
If your budget is low (like mine) and can’t hire a freelancer then here are some following tools and tricks I like to use before publishing my article:
- Keep on checking the punctuation marks and other basic grammars while writing the article.
- Make sure that there are no typographical errors.
- Checking the correctness and accuracy on Grammarly App.
- To find if the pace and narration in the article are consistent, I like to re-read my article at least 4 times.
- Sometimes the hard words may distract the reader and so I make sure to use an easily understood and exact word. For this, I sometimes take the help of OneLook Dictionary.
- After completing the above steps, I let my work settle for at least one day before publishing it.
- On the day of publishing, I read the article once again.
- After being fully assured of its correctness, I publish it.
This article which you are reading currently is written by me on 9 May 2021. Let’s see for how many days will it cool down before I publish it.