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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.



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!


Thank you. I still have trouble editing my work so I don't know what to do.
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As I've said, the only thing you can do is practice and learn. My suggestion would be to write a short story, edit it yourself to the best of your ability and then post it. People will provide input and you can keep editing your story (making sure that you understand the criticism). Keep reposting your short story and let people see what you've changed until you get to a point where you are happy with your story and the technical faults are corrected (there are both technical and creative things that can be worked on and they are both an important part of writing and editing, but the creative stuff is more subjective so theres never really a correct answer).

The only issue with that is it kinda becomes a community written story, so I'd do it with an idea that you aren't too attached to.
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sundin13 wrote:

As I've said, the only thing you can do is practice and learn. My suggestion would be to write a short story, edit it yourself to the best of your ability and then post it. People will provide input and you can keep editing your story (making sure that you understand the criticism). Keep reposting your short story and let people see what you've changed until you get to a point where you are happy with your story and the technical faults are corrected (there are both technical and creative things that can be worked on and they are both an important part of writing and editing, but the creative stuff is more subjective so theres never really a correct answer).

The only issue with that is it kinda becomes a community written story, so I'd do it with an idea that you aren't too attached to.


Okay and thank you.
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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.


This. This is true.



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I'm also curious to know how these writer make such beautiful book covers.



. . . . . a lot of them are uncredited uses of photos and drawings, that they didn't ask for permission to use. A lot of them use fanart from sites like Pixiv, which... yeah. It's not a good thing. But if the staff of the site doesn't care, it would take a lot more than a couple of users reporting it to stop it, so... yeah.

But there are users on there who make graphics... you can find request threads and such. There are also apps. I think there's a thing for it, if you use their mobile app...
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lorreen wrote:


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.


This. This is true.



qualeshia3 wrote:

I'm also curious to know how these writer make such beautiful book covers.



. . . . . a lot of them are uncredited uses of photos and drawings, that they didn't ask for permission to use. A lot of them use fanart from sites like Pixiv, which... yeah. It's not a good thing. But if the staff of the site doesn't care, it would take a lot more than a couple of users reporting it to stop it, so... yeah.

But there are users on there who make graphics... you can find request threads and such. There are also apps. I think there's a thing for it, if you use their mobile app...


Thank you.
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