What is the difference between revising and editing? This is a question we get asked a lot – there seems to be a lot of confusion surrounding the types of changes that need to be made to a manuscript in order to make the story stronger and prepare it for submission to publishing houses. In this article we will go over the key differences to help you understand more about the writing process to prepare for publishing.
Here are the main differences between revising and editing:
When editing a manuscript, only the structure of writing is corrected. These are minor changes that include:
- Sentence structure
When editing, your overall story remains exactly the same – you are simply fixing mistakes you have made while writing it, such as typos, grammar errors, and spelling mistakes.
When revising your manuscript, you are changing the meaning or way in which the reader perceives, experiences and interprets it. This can be accomplished by:
- adding new thoughts
- clarifying existing thoughts
- choosing more descriptive words
- improving overall clarity of ideas presented
- enhancing character development
- adding more detail
- Eliminating unnecessary elements
When revising your manuscript you are literally conducting a re-VISION of your previous work to make your story stronger and improve clarity to your readers.
Revising and editing are both equally important when it comes to preparing a manuscript for submission to an editor. There is nothing that makes an editor cringe more than a manuscript full of punctuation errors and spelling mistakes. And nothing will make an editor drop a manuscript into the rejection pile faster than weak characters, irrelevant details and incomplete thoughts. You must both revise and edit your work to make it the best it can be prior to sending it off to a publishing house.
Do you have any questions about the differences between writing and editing? Questions are always welcome below!