As writers, we know that just because we’re done writing, doesn’t mean our work is ready to display to the world. After all your thoughts are down on paper, the process of proofreading and editing can begin. Many people assume editing and proofreading are interchangeable, but really they are two separate, and very important, steps in the writing process.
Editing your work consists of making sure your paragraphs flow smoothly, that your transitions work, and that the overall quality of the work is the best it can be. A successful edit will include clarification of anything that could be confusing or vague to the reader. Editing is also looking for places that are too wordy, unimportant or redundant. It also focuses on style, clarity and citations/references (if applicable.) [click to continue…]