Have you find yourself at the crossroads while working on the last piece of work, you were about to finalize? Should I do the editing on my own or will it be better to have a professional editor, consider it? How one should decide which approach to be opted and when, since Professional editing comes with a good price. May be below pointers could help you decide how to pick on Self editing first and later decide if you need professional editing and the extent you should get the experts involved:
A. Once you finish your writing piece, read out loud the work you have written. This is surely an effective way to self-edit and would help you identify the basic grammatical errors, missing or repetitive words, or any phrases or areas of consideration. You can also ask a good friend or the software programs that can help.
B. Redundant and unnecessary words should always be avoided for a crisp and good writing. Try to stick to the approach of writing short sentences with as much brevity as possible. Nothing turns off more than unusually long sentences that makes no sense, and always keep practice of running spell check as soon as you complete the writing piece.
C. Few writers feel writing flowery, artistic words gives them higher edge, while this is anabsolute myth. One of the best write ups you might come across must have used simple and easy language that a reader can very well relate to. It engages reader more and holds his attention rather than running for a dictionary and having a hard time to understand every alternate word.
D. Generally, tenses are the most overlooked part, and writers seems to keep on switching from Past to present tense and vice versa. Take a pause, before you frame a sentence and check on the context of your story or narration.
E. Avoid usage of Jargons, superfluous adjectives that may add superficiality to the write up. Punctuations are one of the areas, that may look easy but if used incorrectly may altogether mislead the reader. The key is to use proper punctuation and do not over do it.
Now comes the main part, since you might be close to your story, you may overlook the mistakes; although you may have already tried ‘murdering your darling’ in the process of Self editing. This gives more reason thatyou should submit the manuscripts in the hands of experts to get it essentially perfect. An editor will have an objective and unbiased perspective for the things that need to be fixed. They will not only point out things like spelling and grammar errors, for sure, but also content-based errors like irrelevant scenes or characters, any confusion the reader might have, or anything that seems beyond the realm of believability. Their purpose is to polish the gem that is your story and bring out its shine.
Professional editing would basically consider the following parameters:
- How to improve the overall quality of your writing?
- Enhancing the language that has been used
- Removal of any errors, inconsistencies, redundancies
- How your writing can make rightful and maximum impact?
- Assisting authors in the areas of trouble, in expressing it better
- Edge in the peer review process, getting ahead
Professional editing involves a proactive editor making changes and suggestions that will improve the overall quality of your writing, particularly in relation to language use and expression. After editing, your language will be sharp and consistent, your expression clear and the overall readability of your writing enhanced. This also includes the proofreading of your piece, resulting in the enhanced quality of your document. Hence a professional editing can surely assist you in getting your document a better and refined version of the document being published.