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Should I publish my rough draft or the final draft? I ask this because I am terrible at editing for some strange reason. I just want feedback on my work and criticism as well. I know I am not the best at writing but I am certainly not the worst. I just want to know if I should post my rough draft and receive stern criticism/feedback.

Let me know what I should do because I am unsure for some reason.

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I don't see why you wouldn't do both but if you had to pick one I'd probably say rough draft. After all, you'll most likely only stop editing it if/when it gets published.
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. . . publish it as edited as you have it. Why would you post a prior draft if you have a newer one?
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octorockandroll wrote:

I don't see why you wouldn't do both but if you had to pick one I'd probably say rough draft. After all, you'll most likely only stop editing it if/when it gets published.


I just want to write the story and post it on Wattpad without having to write multiple rough drafts for each chapter. What I am saying is that I want to publish the first draft.
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. . . publish it as edited as you have it. Why would you post a prior draft if you have a newer one?


So don't publish the first draft only the edited work. I'm not that great at editing work and I don't know why.
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qualeshia3 wrote:


LavenderMintRose wrote:

. . . publish it as edited as you have it. Why would you post a prior draft if you have a newer one?


So don't publish the first draft only the edited work. I'm not that great at editing work and I don't know why.


No. If you only have a first draft and you're looking for feedback that will help you edit it, then post what you've got so far--if that's the first draft than that's what you'd post.

If you do have an edited draft (not necessarily final) then it would make sense to post that instead of the first draft, unless you are so dissatisfied with your edits that you've essentially already dismissed them from consideration.

I'm not familiar with Wattpad, but if it's a place where it's common to share work in progress for the purpose of peer review, then if you have both a first draft and an edited version (even if you think the edited version isn't good because you aren't good at editing) then you could post excerpts from both maybe--and folks could let you know if you seem to be going in a good direction with the edits.

ETA: I've just gone back and read a bit more of your prior posts, and did a quick read-up on Wattpad, and it does look like it is not primarily a workshop type space to share drafts for review, but a place to "publish."

I'll be honest. It's not very respectful to readers to give them a first draft unless you are confident that the first draft is pretty darned good as is. If you are throwing out something that's a not-very-good rough draft just to get the benefit of others' feedback then it seems kind of selfish and one-sided to me, if that is not what the space is designed for.

If you already had a readership, and they were interested in your next project out of curiosilty, then sharing a draft with them would be a nice fan-oriented thing to do. But for your first published work to be a rough draft, doesn't seem right, unless you are truly brilliant.
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Posted 10/7/16 , edited 10/7/16

qualeshia3 wrote:

Thank you. So it's alright just as long as I write the story?


I edited my response. I really don't know the culture of Wattpad, so my opinion may not be worth much. At a glance though, it doesn't seem to be primarily a space intended for exchanging rough drafts.
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I'm not a great writer but I am not great at editing. What should I do? I want feedback on my writing from a writing site.
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I noticed.
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I'm also curious to know how these writer make such beautiful book covers.
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I've never used Wattpad, but I think that practicing editing will help more than getting additional feedback will...
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I've never used Wattpad, but I think that practicing editing will help more than getting additional feedback will...


What about revising my work over simply editing it? If I want to edit it, I'll find an editor or someone who is good at that.

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qualeshia3 wrote:


sundin13 wrote:

I've never used Wattpad, but I think that practicing editing will help more than getting additional feedback will...


What about revising my work over simply editing it? If I want to edit it, I'll find an editor or someone who is good at that.



Revising is just another word for editing, so I'm not really sure what you are asking.
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qualeshia3 wrote:


sundin13 wrote:

I've never used Wattpad, but I think that practicing editing will help more than getting additional feedback will...


What about revising my work over simply editing it? If I want to edit it, I'll find an editor or someone who is good at that.



Revising is editing; editing is revising.

Maybe by editing you mean something more like "proofreading"? A proofreader would help with typographical errors, including spelling or minor grammar issues that might be more the result of a typo than bad writing. For a piece about to be published, proofreading would be the last step, after the revising was complete. A copy editor or editor or would help with a great deal more.

If you are working with someone to help you revise and they know that's their role, they will probably help with typos but that would not be their focus and they probably wouldn't be too bothered by encountering them since they know they are working with drafts and not a final version.

If you put your work out there in a space where people are expecting something pretty much final, then you'll want to have your work proofread and corrected before then. Too many typos in something supposedly "published" can interfere with enjoyment and understanding of a work, can make it look like you don't care about the appearance of your writing, and to some extent says that you couldn't be bothered to make things tidy for your reader--that you don't care about your reader.

ETA: I swear I started this before sundin posted!
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sundin13 wrote:


qualeshia3 wrote:


sundin13 wrote:

I've never used Wattpad, but I think that practicing editing will help more than getting additional feedback will...


What about revising my work over simply editing it? If I want to edit it, I'll find an editor or someone who is good at that.



Revising is just another word for editing, so I'm not really sure what you are asking.


I don't know I thought the word was a little different. Sorry.
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