When revising your manuscript, you are changing the meaning or way in which the reader perceives, experiences and interprets it. This can be accomplished by:
Add – sentences and words
Remove – words or sentences you don’t need
Move – change a word or placement of a sentence
Substitute – trade words or sentences for new ones
Revising is something that the author does by herself/himself to her/his own work, and:
- Adding new thoughts
- Clarifying existing thoughts
- Choosing more descriptive words
- Improving overall clarity of ideas presented
- Enhancing character development
- Adding more detail
- Eliminating unnecessary elements
When editing a manuscript, only the structure of writing is corrected. These are minor changes that include:
Capitalize – names, places, titles, months, etc.
Usage – nouns and verbs are correctly used
Punctuation – periods, quotes, commas, semicolons, apostrophes, etc.
Spelling – check all words, look for homophones, use a dictionary
Grammar/ Sentence structure.
In other words, when editing, your overall story remains exactly the same – you are simply fixing mistakes you have made while writing it, such as typos, grammar errors, and spelling mistakes.