The Big Picture
Do you feel like the story isn't working out?
Are characters unmotivated?
Is the world you built not coming off like you had hoped?
Developmental editing might be what you need.
A developmental edit is similar to a manuscript critique in that it involves reading the manuscript looking for what is going well and what isn’t going so well, but it goes far more in-depth.
I make notes on all the aspects of the craft of writing: conflict, plot (or plot holes!), structure, character motivation and development, setting and description etc.
I'm checking if the story hits or misses critical plot points. Does the story have a saggy middle? Are connections between characters and events working or falling flat?
If the manuscript suffers from "showing versus telling," ineffective dialogue, head hopping or information overload, I give suggestions and comments on ways it could be recrafted.
At the end of developmental edit, the manuscript has comments. Also I provide detailed, manuscript-specific feedback, suggestions, and solutions to all of these issues in a 20–30 page editorial report.
To help you know where to start, I provide a suggested work plan to help guide you through the revisions.
I read a lot and I hope to help authors with the craft of writing. I share good examples of difficult aspects of writing: point of view, narration, world building and more.
Occasionally I give editing tips and share insights from the world of publishing.
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