What is Structural Editing?

Hello, Dear Editor.

Welcome to another interesting episode in the dear editor series. Did you watch the last two videos or have you gone to @sw_advantage and seen all the dear editor posts that we have? I’m sure you will learn a thing or two today, we want to continue in the series about What types of editing there are, and you know, the different types of editing, what they are and all that.
Today, we are looking at structural editing. Last week, we talked about developmental editing.

What is structural editing? Structural editing is the first step of editing that every completed manuscript requires right now. In structural editing what you’re looking for is not grammar flaws. You are looking for structural flaws….
Is there an alignment in the author’s thoughts? Is there a flow? Is there a congruence at that plot holws, especially in the work of fiction or prose, are there plot holes?
Are there lapses in character development? Are there lack of, is there a lack of congruence in the writer’s style, right? Um, is the writer’s voice, does it synchronize throughout the manuscript? Right? These are some of the things that you look for in structural editing…

You want to be sure that when a reader picks up this book, that not only do they find it appealing, but that there is a flow, there is an, you know, they are able to enjoy the flow of the manuscript. So, you know, you’re literally looking for plot holes. You’re looking to see whether the pacing in the manuscript is the same. From the beginning to the end, you are looking to see whether there is an arrangement of thought in logical order right? You are looking to see whether the chapters align with one another.

You’re looking to see whether they end well, you know where that each chapter ends well, doesn’t flow into the other chapter. You know, those kinds of things you want to do in structural editing. It’s in structural editing also that you say, I think that there was some issue with the developmental editing. It looks like we don’t have enough content for this or for that, or, you know, and all that. So this is what your structural editor does.

I hope that this video has helped you. So next time you pick up your manuscript, are you going to go ahead to proofread or will you check for structural defects? I hope you do. It’s been a great day. See you next week.