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Saturday, 9 October 2010

The Difference Between Editing and Rewriting

The excellent book, "The Weekend Novelist Rewrites the Novel" by Robert J. Ray (2008 Writers Digest Books) states that editing is, '....a morality play on the page. Cut the bad word and replace with a good word.' Edit means to replace and cut out.

Obviously rewriting goes much deeper and operates on a larger scale with plot, structure, characters etc...

What a relief to read that distinction - because 'edit' has negative connotations and it is not interchangable with 'rewrite'.

1 comment:

Amos Keppler said...

Editing, as it is understood today basically diminishes the original story. Leave it be.

It's overrated, and should be frowned at, at best.

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