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Critiquing, Proofing and Editing

“Critique” the verb, is not “critique” the noun. The first means “to examine critically,” and review. The second, the noun, means to criticize and “detailed evaluation.” As a writer, you need both. “Critique is an accepted format of written and oral debate.” Readers tell you what they think of your work. Does it work? Is the plot good? Are the characters enticing? Would they read it? And a whole lot more.

This is not the same as proofing. Proofreading is to detect and correct production-errors of text.” Your Great American Novel needs that too. Readers mark up your copy with squiggly lines and scribble indecipherable notes in the margins.

Nor is it the same as editing. Editing is the process of selecting and preparing media through the processes of correction, condensation, organization, and other modifications with the intent of producing a correct, consistent, accurate, and complete work. Editors use critiques and proofing to tighten and tone your masterpiece.

After you slavishly craft your magical tome, ink-stained fingers smudging your keyboard, you must subject your precious life’s blood to independent critique, proofing and editing. The more eyes that see a document, the better.

There are plenty of writers groups to help you write your book (see The best value for critiquing and proofing I know in Tampa Bay is the Tampa Writers’ Alliance (

A Bargain
They have a critique group that meets every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at Barnes & Noble, on Dale Mabry, in Carrollwood (http://store-locator.....

Meetings are free. You are welcome to critique other’s work. You have to join to have your work critiqued. It is about $35. Several people will probably critique your work. They review only a small portion at a time, about one chapter, once or twice a month, but it is a good place to find writers who will review your entire work. Professional proofing and editing will cost a lot more than that!

(TWA Critique Group)

Table of Contents

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Ten Mistakes Aspiring Writers Make October 23, 2013 1:24 PM A. Colin F.
Frequently Asked Questions October 22, 2013 6:10 PM A. Colin F.
How to Share Your Photographs October 26, 2012 3:14 PM A. Colin F.
Members Book Pages March 9, 2015 12:52 PM former member
Intellectual Property and Your Rights December 28, 2013 4:25 PM A. Colin F.
Critiquing, Proofing and Editing February 26, 2014 9:30 AM A. Colin F.
Membership Rules March 13, 2012 11:19 PM A. Colin F.
About Aspiring Writers Publishing and Marketing March 13, 2012 11:18 PM A. Colin F.

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