Discover how to become an outstanding editor. Learn practical techniques that can help you transform almost any piece of nonfiction writing into magnificent, sparkling prose.
Most editors can capably fix the spelling, grammar, punctuation, and typos in a piece of writing. It takes a different skill set to turn dry, disorganized prose into writing that is beautifully organized and bursting with life and energy. In this course, instructor Shani Raja acquaints you with a powerful techniqueâdeep editingâthat can help you transform nearly any piece of nonfiction writing into magnificent, sparkling prose. The deep editing technique forces you to consider every aspect of a document, ensuring that quality gets embedded into each pore of the writing. Discover how to fine-tune the content, structure, style, and presentation of a document so that the final product shines.
1. The Magic of Deep Editing
What is deep editing?
The deep editing framework
How is this going to work?
2. The Content Edit
What is the territory of the piece?
What is its ultimate purpose?
What are the individual points?
Demonstration: Breaking up the points
Does every point make sense?
Demonstration: Making sense of each point
Is every point relevant?
Demonstration: Deleting irrelevant points
Is every point worthwhile?
Demonstration: Eliminating rambling
Is every point unique?
Demonstration: Getting rid of repetition
Are all the "facts" correct?
Demonstration: Verifying the "facts"
Is anything missing?
Demonstration: Adding in missing information
3. The Structure Edit
What is the "angle"?
Demonstration: Choosing your angle
What are the key sections?
Demonstration: Creating categories
What is the narrative structure?
Demonstration: Creating a narrative
Are the points ordered elegantly?
Demonstration: Ordering points within sections
4. The Style Edit
Is there narrative definition?
Demonstration: Creating narrative "turns"
Does it read well?
Demonstration: Making the piece read well
Is there any clutter?
Demonstration: Clearing up the clutter
Are the paragraphs in good shape?
Demonstration: Arranging paragraphs
Could it start better?
Demonstration: Creating a jazzy intro
Could it end better?
Demonstration: Creating a snazzy ending
Can we make it more evocative?
Demonstration: Adding color to the narrative
Is every person and entity correctly introduced?
Demonstration: Tidy references
5. The Presentation Edit
Is the spelling, grammar, punctuation respectable?