Editing as a Process
Editing constitutes a very important step in the publishing process. It involves a lot more than just checking for correct spelling and grammar. One must ensure the end product is in line with the original intent, such that it conveys the desired message throughout, while also being compelling for readers. Simple language and clarity in conveying a message in a crisp manner go a long way in doing so. Additionally, one must make sure ideas and sentences do not run on too long or contradict each other, hence ensuring overall coherence.
One must keep in mind the following targets while editing a piece:
- Required word count
- Required level of edit
- Language and grammar requirements
Taking care of all of these points while writing itself can become overwhelming. Thus, it is very important to clearly distinguish between the writing and editing processes. At the writing stage, all ideas must clearly be jotted down in an organized manner. At the edit stage, one can one broadly raise the overall standard of a piece of writing, while adhering to the abovementioned targets. To maintain the required word count, ensure every word, phrase, and sentence is absolutely essential for conveying the required message across to readers. All other words, phrases, and sentences must be eliminated as much as possible. For this, initially, ensure you use simple language, with only words and phrases absolutely essential to convey your intended meaning across clearly. Overly complicated and long-running sentences constitute a perfect recipe to lose one’s audience within seconds. With practice in editing one’s own work, people get a fair idea of how to retain only content that is essential and crisply conveys the required message, thus ensuring better writing, and consequently better end products. Remember, a standard editing process is extremely important for good-quality content to be published.