4 Ways Developmental Editing Skills Can Improve Your Writing

4 ways developmental editing skills can improve your writing

Developmental editing and copyediting differ in several key ways. The former is the first step in the development of a manuscript as it moves through the publishing process and looks at content, structure, sense, tone and flow. In contrast, copyediting focuses on consistency, spelling, punctuation and grammar.

It’s easy to apply the skills that developmental editors use to your own writing. I’ve outlined 4 things worth looking out for below.

  • Is the main argument of the text clear? Does the text as a whole support it and relate to it, or does the main argument get lost in places and drift off on a tangent?
  • Is the text written in a way that is appropriate for your target audience? Take care not to be too formal if you’re writing a blog post, or too informal if you’re writing an application or report.
  • Are there any sections that are repeated throughout the text? For example, if you’re talking about a product in one section, you don’t need to go into detail again later on… just refer the reader back to where you described it the first time.
  • Are the headings that you’ve used appropriate and helpful? Can you break large chunks of text up into smaller sections or rearrange things so that they are more logically organised?

Whatever type of text you’re writing, taking the time to check the things above can help to increase its impact.If you would like support with the development of your writing, contact me to chat about how I can help you.

If you’re a non-fiction editor and you’d like to learn more about developmental editing, I’m launching a course in Spring 2023. Sign up here to be the first to get news about the launch.

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