A structural edit looks at the big picture of a manuscript, helping to shape the work to improve its organization and content. In fiction, this includes watching for continuity errors in plot, story and characterization. In non-fiction, this includes organizing the flow of ideas and identifying what can be fleshed out and what may be missing.

In general, a structural edit includes, but is not limited to:

  • Reorganizing the material to create coherent structure and flow

  • Expanding or reducing the material

  • Identifying missing or repetitive information

  • Managing headings and sections

  • Reorganizing information into different formats such as tables, charts or lists

  • Arranging placement of visual elements

A structural edit will not address specific issues with grammar and spelling, but will look at the manuscript's overall language, tone and word usage.

The foundation for a structural edit

It was an absolute pleasure working with Amanda. It was like having a mentor over my shoulder. It's so important to have someone who's experienced (and knows writing) to point out the good, the not so good, and to offer helpful suggestions. For a writer to improve, you need constructive criticism. I feel so much more confident in my writing after working with Amanda and look forward to tackling future projects.