Take it from Jan. She knows. When you think you’ve corrected all your errors, there’s always another one…and another one…and…well you get my drift. Edit, edit, edit… You can never do too much editing.
Well that is true, but it’s only one type of editing, and there are three different types listed in the article. The article also noted that a novel length manuscript needed to go through all three types before it was submission ready.
Developmental Edit – better known as the content editing, story editing, structural editing or substantive editing. This edit looks at the big picture of your novel and focuses on
- character arcs/development
- story structure
- pot holes or inconsistencies
- strong beginning, middle and end
- clear transitions
- point of view
- showing vs. telling
Copy Edit – copy editing is the one most of us think of when we hear editor. He comes on the…
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