1. Published on Amazon? If you have a book, e-book, or audiobook available on Amazon.com, we'll promote it on WritingForums.org for free. Simply add your book to our Member Publications section. Add your book here or read the full announcement.
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Dismiss Notice
?

Where do you edit?

Poll closed Oct 26, 2010.
  1. On print

    7 vote(s)
    43.8%
  2. On-screen

    9 vote(s)
    56.3%
  1. nastyjman

    nastyjman Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2010
    Messages:
    329
    Likes Received:
    147
    Location:
    NYC

    Editing: Print or On-Screen?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by nastyjman, Oct 19, 2010.

    So I was wondering, do you edit your drafts (short stories, novels, scripts, poems) on print or on screen?
     
  2. Naiyn

    Naiyn Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2010
    Messages:
    227
    Likes Received:
    5
    Location:
    Nebraska
    I do a bit of both. It's kind of strange, actually. It seems like it should be easier on screen-- moving deleting changing etc... Yet I find I'm a better editor when I use a printed page. Not sure why. :confused:
     
  3. EdFromNY

    EdFromNY Hope to improve with age Supporter Contributor

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2010
    Messages:
    4,706
    Likes Received:
    2,562
    Location:
    Queens, NY
    On screen, and then when I know that I've gone over everything so carefully that it just isn't possible for any errors to remain, I print out the whole thing and find a few I missed. Sigh.
     
  4. afinemess

    afinemess Active Member

    Joined:
    May 24, 2009
    Messages:
    253
    Likes Received:
    10
    both. I do a good read through on screen, then print it, leave it alone for a while, then read it and edit again from the page. I don't know why, but changing it up and giving it some time to get out of my head helps me see more errors.
     
  5. Agreen

    Agreen Faceless Man Contributor

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2009
    Messages:
    2,143
    Likes Received:
    67
    Location:
    Canada
    Both. Individual sentences on screen, bigger issues like plot and characterization in text.
     
  6. nastyjman

    nastyjman Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2010
    Messages:
    329
    Likes Received:
    147
    Location:
    NYC
    Same here... feels like there's something magical about paper. :D

    I think it's better on paper because it's tangible and immediate. Whereas on-screen, you have to scroll up and down, and your view is limited to a section.
     
  7. hiddennovelist

    hiddennovelist Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2009
    Messages:
    10,256
    Likes Received:
    161
    Location:
    Fabulous Sin City
    Print, for the most part. I really dislike doing anything on screen. I know it's horrible for the environment, but I print everything...articles that I'm reading, stuff that I'm reviewing...I just can't concentrate when I try to do it on the computer.
     
  8. Zombie_Chinchilla

    Zombie_Chinchilla Member

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2010
    Messages:
    85
    Likes Received:
    1
    Since technically, I haven't gotten to the edit stage on any novel I've written (I'm a very new writer, lol), so I can't say for sure. But I can definitely see myself editing on-screen. I do a lot on my computer, considering I have my own personal laptop and a desktop computer to write on. I do a lot of different writing, planning, etc all on my computer.
     
  9. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

    Joined:
    May 19, 2007
    Messages:
    35,952
    Likes Received:
    2,066
    Location:
    Massachusetts, USA
    I mostly edit on the screen. It saves paper, and I don't have the extra step of transferring all the changes back to the digital copy. Still, I like to do at least one edit on paper, with lots of notes and corrections in red ink. I tend to pick up mistakes in print that I've overlooked on the screen, too, as if I'm seeing it through different eyes.
     
  10. Taylee91

    Taylee91 Carpe Diem Contributor

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2010
    Messages:
    1,262
    Likes Received:
    74
    Location:
    The Bay State
    I do both as well. I find it easier to edit on paper though. I can physically scratch out my choice/usage of words etc.
     
  11. Agreen

    Agreen Faceless Man Contributor

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2009
    Messages:
    2,143
    Likes Received:
    67
    Location:
    Canada
    This is pretty much identical to my editting process- the text looks different in print, and also I'm able to mark up a piece of paper in a way I can't with my monitor. Well, I guess I could but...
     
  12. micki

    micki New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2010
    Messages:
    4
    Likes Received:
    0
    I find editing on-screen a lot easier - I type in Times New Roman - then I change the font to Calibri or similar and find the typos etc more evident. It feels as if I am reading from a different perspective. So far it is working, I blush to think the typos I do find. The most irritating the..... instead of they!
     
  13. Melzaar the Almighty

    Melzaar the Almighty Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2010
    Messages:
    1,792
    Likes Received:
    55
    Location:
    UK
    I can't afford the paper and ink to do that. :(

    Once every year or so I do a mass print-out of everything for my paper archives of my stories (at home home, wasting my dad's printer ink :p), and that involves some reading through that might have me running off to change stuff. But I'm so used to using a computer for 90% of the process I can edit pretty well on-screen anyway. If I need to re-write something I'll go back to my normal process of either a notepad for whole scenes or on-screen for fiddly editing.
     
  14. Banzai

    Banzai One-time Mod, but on the road to recovery Contributor

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2007
    Messages:
    12,871
    Likes Received:
    150
    Location:
    Reading, UK
    I prefer to edit on paper. I find it more difficult, for some reason, to spot errors on a screen.
     
  15. nastyjman

    nastyjman Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2010
    Messages:
    329
    Likes Received:
    147
    Location:
    NYC
    (Should have added "both" option)

    Yeah, I was wondering since I'm planning to submit a short story. I printed out my final draft, confident that it had minimal errors -- boy was I wrong. The grammar is fine, but the pacing was terrible. One thing I noticed with paper editing is that the error stays there, mocking you with its ugly face -- it makes slip-ups more personal.
     
  16. mammamaia

    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2006
    Messages:
    19,316
    Likes Received:
    1,017
    Location:
    Coquille, Oregon
    you should have included 'both'!

    i do both and advise new writers to do so, since you will catch things on the page that you keep missing on the screen... and it's also a good idea to read what you write the way agents/editors will...

    with anything longer than a poem, i'll usually do two printouts... for the first draft, to catch goofs and glitches and stuff that needs adding/deleting/changing... then for the final draft, to make sure it's as polished and perfect as i can get it...
     
  17. w176

    w176 Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2010
    Messages:
    1,067
    Likes Received:
    49
    Location:
    LuleƄ, Sweden
    Both if I'm ambitious, otherwise just on screen. I find what i need to change on paper, and changes it on screen.

    And I change font every step when i do it when I do it to give a slight mental boost to the "seeing it with diffrent eyes"-mindset.
     
  18. ChickenFreak

    ChickenFreak Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2010
    Messages:
    9,712
    Likes Received:
    6,262
    Almost all of my editing is onscreen. For long pieces, I will print the whole thing when it's near done because I can spread out the pages and see more of the document at the same time than I can with a screen. And I do seem to catch just a few final errors when I'm looking at the paper, probably just because it looks different.
     
  19. Cardboard Tube Knight

    Cardboard Tube Knight Member

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2010
    Messages:
    81
    Likes Received:
    1
    The first go has been all on screen, but since the overall thing will be getting shorter, I think it will be easier to do now.
     
  20. minstrel

    minstrel Leader of the Insquirrelgency Staff Supporter Contributor

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2010
    Messages:
    8,835
    Likes Received:
    4,972
    Location:
    Near Los Angeles
    I edit mostly on paper. That way, I can read it over and mark it up in the comfort of my easy chair, which is where I do most of my reading, anyway. Reading at my desk feels stiff and formal and uncomfortable. I like doing markups in ink, anyway - the manuscript looks great afterwards, like a piece of modern art. It's fun! Also, knowing that I have to copy the edits into the computer, forcing me to do another pass, allows me to edit more freely.
     
  21. Eunoia

    Eunoia Contributing Member Contributor

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2010
    Messages:
    4,395
    Likes Received:
    80
    Location:
    England
    Same.

    But because printing costs money (and I'm a poor student :p), I only edit writing for uni on paper, and edit the rest of my writing on screen. Although, I tend to have two documents open side by side - one the original and then the other is me typing out a new edited version.
     

Share This Page