I like to think I do a good job proof-reading for others, but when it comes to my own work, I need other pairs of eyes for that important final step. My final manuscript is never as polished as I think it is.
There comes a time in every writer’s life when we look at something we wrote years ago, and we can’t help but cringe and shudder. “Omg, what is that? Did I write that? How could I possibly have written/published that? It’s *expletive* awful! What do I do now??”
But what if you really don’t have the skills yet to tell a clunky sentence from a smooth one, or identify filtering, or know the difference between a good vs not-so-good word choice?
Proofreading is something else altogether. It is meant to catch any typos, grammatical, spelling, punctuation and formatting errors or inconsistencies that have slipped through despite all vigilance by the editors and author.
The ultimate goal of a Line Edit is to help create and maintain Suspension of Disbelief. It can make for a smooth and enjoyable read. The ultimate goal of a Developmental Edit is to make the story logical and understandable to the reader.
In my Elffall world, some of the elves live in massive trees and have developed small wings. They aren't big enough to fly physically but serve as a connection between the magic of individual elves and the magic of the trees.