Throughout this blog, the overriding goal has been to fulfill your longtime desire to write, first for yourself, possibly for others in your close-knit circle, and, lastly, for the world at large. Thus, unlike the writer wishing to be published, who must present not only a good story, but a competent technical writing, you have an option available to you. And that option is to concentrate on telling your story, and then make the decision as to whether you wish to polish your story beyond where your technical skills are today.
Should you eventually decide that you would like to take your writing to the next level, such as to publish an e-book or, perhaps, to present you work to a publishing company, an edit will be in order. To that end, you will need to decide the type of edit you wish to have undertaken and, of course, what level of edit your budget will allow. There is the content edit, which focuses on larger issues such as plot, character development, scene selection, and logical story flow; the line edit , which as the name implies, is a line by line detailed review of everything from sentence and paragraph construction to inconsistencies in point of view and to bringing the technical level up to a professional standard; and the copy edit, which is the most intense and detailed in every respect, right down to specific word usage, punctuation, and fact checking.
Should you somehow feel singled out in the need for an edit of your work, keep this in mind: Few competent story tellers are also great technical writers. It is a matter of two different disciplines at work–not many great novelist have the temperament to be an editor, and it is rare, indeed, for a great editor to become a great writer. An example of this is covered in great detail in the book, James A. Michener’s Writer’s Handbook, by James A. Michener. Within the handbook are many of Michener’s manuscript pages on which the editor’s notes are displayed. Here, we have the work of one of the epic writers of the 20th century being routinely corrected and corrected again by a publishing house editing staff. The only difference between Mr. Michener and the rest of us, then, is that he didn’t have to pay to have his work edited. I can’t imagine why?
This concludes the Writing From Behind the Curve blogs. If they have helped to incite you in even the smallest way to finally write your story, I shall dance to your success. Happy writing to all and to all a good night!
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R. Scott Franklin, Author, Clarity is Dying