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In the editing phase, you will transform messy first drafts into finished products. Don’t be afraid to roll up your sleeves -- editing can involve everything from correcting grammar, to refining a character arc, to restructuring an entire project. You silenced your inner critic while writing; now it's time to let that critic get to work.

Depending on the vision for your piece, the editing phase can include self-editing, peer-editing, and/or professional editing. While drafting is often a solitary practice, the editing stage creates opportunities for collaboration and connection with editors and fellow writers.

Key Definitions
  • 1. Editing: Clarifying and strengthening your copy
  • 2. Restructuring: Reviewing and rearranging your structure and themes
  • 3. Polishing: Fine-tune the flow of your writing and refining your voice
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