I had a peculiar email interaction with an author a few weeks ago. She was super upbeat and had a fantastic sense of humor when contacting me. And when someone is excited, I get excited. Hear me bounce across the globe.
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?
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.
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.”
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.
As new writers, we don’t always expect editors or beta readers to find fault or weaknesses in our work. However, if we’re looking for community and feedback, the good and bad of critiques won’t go away.
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.