How Editing Can Make a Story Better

Why do people spend so much time with editing their manuscripts before it is published?  Editing can make a story better several ways. 

1. It can clarify points of the story that is hard to understand. These could be mechanical errors such as bad grammar or writing that is unclear and that might confuse the reader. 

2. It can correct misplaced commas, run on sentences, misspelled words, and so on.  This form of editing is copy editing. This part of editing usually comes after developmental editing and helps to fine tune the manuscript. 

3. It can change the sequence or order that a storyline was written to make it more appealing to the readers.  This is developmental editing. Sometimes just changing the sequence may make a story more interesting and inviting.  Here you would set up scent, plot and new characters.  Helps the author get from one scene and transition to another one.

4. It can clearly define point of view. The point of view is where you tell the story through the narrator or character’s perspective. This sets up the tone of the story.

Editing may seem too expensive or a waste of time but it can help make a story more interesting to the reader.  A reader will lose interest if they do not understand what they are reading.  A skilled reader will become frustrated by trying to overlook errors in grammar, punctuation, and wrong word usage.

Editing your work should come after a brief period away from your writing.  If you try to edit something as you write, it takes twice as long to catch all of the errors, because your brain knows what you meant to say even though the paper says something different. 

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