You get your document file marked up using Word’s comment and track changes features:
- Edits. Cuts, changes, additions to narrative to correct errors. This can include the rearrangement of scenes and even chapters to strengthen the flow and clarity of the narrative.
- Coaching. When there are shortcomings, you get explanations of best practices and effective techniques, and examples of stronger wording or phrasing. This can help you with future writing and inform your rewriting and self-editing.
- Suggestions. “Thought-starter” ideas for changing wording to better achieve the effect the story needs to have happen. This can include reorganization and new scenes--for one client suggestions included a new ending (which she used).
- Critique. An overall critique of the strengths and weaknesses of the manuscript.
Because Word lets you “accept” or “reject” changes in the markup, you can use the file as a springboard to your rewrite by:
- Accepting deletions, additions, other changes such as formatting or structure. This makes them a part of your manuscript without having to retype.
- Rewriting using coaching or thought-starters, adding the new or changed narrative to the manuscript without having to retype the whole thing.