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What is Developmental Editing? A Diagram Explains It

I've been playing in Prezi lately because I've wanted to create a simple and hopefully easy-to-understand presentation to explain what developmental editing is. What do you think?

A Side to Developmental Editing Writers May Not Know: Thinking About Your Story Subconsciously

I submerge myself in authors’ stories. And while I’m in those stories, I’m thinking about them a lot—whether I’m directly editing them or doing something else. Those stories are still moving around in my mind. It’s unlike any normal reading experience.

On Writing: Showing vs. Telling and Why Writers Need Both

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the mantra “show, don’t tell” and I always want to shake my fist and say “not always.”

Developmental Editing: More Querying and Story Development

In developmental editing, there is a whole other skill level required to help authors revise. It’s called the art of commenting. Copy editors correct errors and are essentially gatekeepers of grammar rules and preserving the English language, but developmental editors dig deeper.

Inner Thoughts: Why Characters Need to Let Readers Know What's Up

I’ve read some books in the past where I didn’t feel that connected to the main character, even though the plot was going places, things were happening… I realized I was part of the adventure, but felt left behind from the character’s inner journey.