Summing Up Summaries

When we’re editing someone’s work it’s always beneficial to conclude with a summary, this can be written in paragraphs, bullet points, or a table. It can be long or short, use headings or anything you want. Some writers will even give you a list of particular points they want addressing that they want more feedback […]

Shaking Up Structure

One of the most difficult forms of editing, particularly for another person’s work, is structural edits. It’s difficult partly because of how invasive it can feel to suggest changing a story’s overall structure and partly because if we’re editing in a writing workshop we’re only going to see a story in small pieces at a […]

Editing Versus Rewriting

As we discussed in the first article when we’re editing we’re in a position of trust with boundaries. There is a difference between editing and rewriting someone’s work. When we edit we make suggestions we can say we don’t think you need all these sections, or they may work better if moved here, or these […]

Approaching Feedback

We’ve considered that there are different degrees of editing but there are also different ways of approaching feedback. When we give a writer feedback the idea is that we’re helping them improve their work not just saying ‘I like that’ or ‘I don’t like that’. Writers have put time into their words and we have […]

What Is Editing?

Editing can be broken down into many different types of editing with different names depending on who you ask and where you’re from. Sometimes people will even use one name for a type of editing and mean something else entirely. For example, I was once asked to proof-read a piece of work so I went […]