Hi all; I'm a new member, but I have been working on a novel on and off for about two years. Essentially my question is this, what is the main difference between rewriting and editing? People seem to be throwing them around here like they are synonymous, but I have a sneaking suspicion they are not. I have a literature background, so I have a common understand of rewriting a paragraph to make an argument tighter and editing for spelling and grammar. Do you write a first draft and then rewrite completely? How many rewrites does one generally go through? I have been writing each chapter like a short story that flows together, so I have been "rewriting" entire chapters over a few weeks. Once you finish, do you go through and rewrite the entire thing? Any help would be appreciated.