Editing vs. Proofreading

For those aspiring writers out there, this is a terrific explanation of editing, copyediting, and proofreading. Hopefully, it will help you to become a better writer, and, in the process, encourage you to share your work.

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In today’s world, we often interchange words with similar meanings. As time slips by, the distinctions between these words begin to vanish. One such example is that of the terms “proofreading” and “editing.” These two words are interchanged so often that we find many clients thinking our editing services are merely proofreading services. So, is there really a difference between editing and proofreading, or are we just different? Believe it or not, there is a clear distinction between these two tasks; understanding this distinction is crucial, especially for independent authors.

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I am a former professional fly-fishing guide, and I write the Matt Davis Mystery Series, which presently consists of four books: As the Twig is Bent, Opening Day, Twice Bitten, and Broken Promises. The series is set in the real town of Roscoe, NY, in the Catskill Mountains, where I guided for ten years. I love fly fishing, movies, cooking (and eating), and music. To learn more about me and my writing, please visit my website at: http://www.joeperronejr.com.
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One Response to Editing vs. Proofreading

  1. I proofread as I go and when done, I go through the whole manuscript strictly proofreading and do only very minimal editing on the first pass. My goal at that time is to find and correct typos and omissions. After that, subsequent rereads are focused towards editing, but I still do find an occasional missing quote mark or even a typo that Word 2010 did not find while I was on that page. (I have discovered that Word sometimes doesn’t immediately display a typo when it first occurs) Those are few and far between, but it does happen. I’ve had maybe 10 of them in writing 3 novels.

    One thing I never do is get bogged down in editing when I am actually creating the work. That is a sure fire way to lose momentum and I avoid real-time editing-as-you-write for that reason.

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