Everyone has a different process for editing a manuscript. Some people edit as they write, taking hours for each paragraph, trying to get it perfect before they move on. Other people prefer to simply write and leave everything for later. However, one thing they can all agree on is the necessity of separating micro-edits from macro-edits.
Micro-editing is important. It focuses on the words, the sentences, the paragraphs as individuals— examining things like flow, emotion, description, and such. It makes sure the narrative is smooth so the reader doesn’t get held up by a weird turn of phrase. When you micro-edit, you’re polishing the manuscript for a good reading experience. It doesn’t matter what’s happening in the story— it just needs to sound good.
Macro-editing is also important. Macro-edits focus on plot, characters, and making the right impact with whatever you’re trying to do. The words don’t matter. At this…
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