What is developmental editing?
Developmental editing is the first part of the editing process. It comes before the copy-editing stage (where you focus on the writing at the sentence level) and it definitely comes before the proofreading stage (which is the final polish before publication).
A developmental editor looks at the story as a whole and figures out how it could be told better. All authors benefit from this kind of big-picture feedback. It’s a crucial part of the writing process.
The difference between informal and professional feedback
You might already have an intuitive understanding of what makes a good story – and a bad one. But you don’t know how you would translate that intuition into useful guidance. You want to be able to help authors tell their best stories, but you’re just not sure how you’d go about advising them.
This course will help you move from an instinctual to an intellectual understanding of good storytelling so you can help authors transform muddled manuscripts into sterling stories.