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So, we've finished the introduction, the build up, dilemma, resolution and ending of our story. So we've finished the whole thing, right? Wrong - there's one crucial part of the writing process with still have to do. 

 

Editing. 

 

What is editing? Basically, it's reading work back through and making it better.

 

Does editing your work mean the work is rubbish?

NO.

 

Every writer in the world edits before they put their book out on sale - remember when we had our visit from David Fuller, the author of the Alfie Jones books? If my memory serves, he showed us a part of his next book covered in red crossing out which had been edited 5 times! The best writers in the world edit. There are people whose entire job it is to read back through writers work to edit it. Does it mean those all those writers are rubbish?

NO!

Editing is as important as writing a good introduction, making sure your characters are interesting, having an exciting dilemma.Why do we edit? There's a couple of reasons, the easiest ones are.

  • To make sure it makes sense. Have you got full stops where you need them? Do your sentences go on too long?
  • To see if there's any spelling or grammar mistakes you can fix.
  • To see if you can add any extra detail with extra sentences - or cut out detail that doesn't fit.
  • To see if you can use more interesting vocabulary.

Here's an editing pyramid - start at the top and work your way down. Without a doubt all of them should have number 2! 

 

There are other ways you can improve - for example, did you include speech? If you did, is it punctuated properly? Can you include any adverb starters? Are your noun phrases interesting - could you use wordhippo to vary your vocab? Are there sense descriptions to make your story feel 'real'?

 

You don't have to re-write your enture* story, if you like you can use a star to show where you want to improve it.

 

*entire

 

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