First of all, let’s start with the definitions:
Editing: Preparing (written material) for publication by correcting, condensing or otherwise modifying it. (Source: Google)
Re-writing: Write something again so as to alter or improve it. (Source: Google)
So, both are based around improving the novel, of course. But the problem is in the work involved.
When it comes to rewriting, it means going through each chapter, chapter by chapter, writing it all over again. To be honest, this doesn’t sound very good. Sure, it helps to make the chapter more readable, and of course, practice makes perfect and of course by repeating stuff over and over, they can improve.
Also, there is the infamous 3 tips writing advice:
1. Read a lot.
2. Write a lot.
3. Write, and write again.
Now of course this references to re-writing, and writing each chapter again. People tend to use this advice a lot as it’s often commonly used and helps to improve your writing (as re-writing is more writing!)
This is usually when the current work is amended. Many people go for this if they decide that the current version is the best way of describing the story, but tiny sentences may need to be changed, or words substituted for synonyms. Usually, this is a form of rewriting, as the story is rephrased.
But what do you think? What do you do when writing? Let me know, by commenting below!