You’ve done it! Your draft is ready for the next step. During the Developmental Editing stage, we’ll work on some necessary structure and content issues.
After the analysis and commentary, you’ll have some revisions to make and sections to tighten and clarify.
We’ll work together, so expect e-mails back and forth as we cover:
Strengths and weaknesses
Plot, Character, Dialogue
Goals and obstacles
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This is where we finally get to PASTO! During this stage, I will examine the content of your story to make sure it is cohesive, smooth, and follows a basic narrative arc.
Preparation establishes setting. This is where we meet the protagonist and learn the time period, location, and genre.
Attack This is where we meet the antagonist. What’s the problem in the story? This is often called the MDQ (major dramatic question.)
Struggle This is the point where the protagonist and antagonist have some sort of battle, whether literal or not.
Turn This section usually answers the MDQ
Outcome is when the battle is resolved and the status quo changes. Hopefully, this will also include a hook for your next story! (This section can also be called the denouement, epilogue, conclusion, etc.)
What do we find out about the characters? Are you just telling us? Walking in front of a mirror and describing the look? Let’s sprinkle description throughout. Show us if she is angry. Show us if that remark bothered the protagonist. Did her hand shake as she brushed away her auburn strand of hair? Does she have habits that give us insight into her thoughts and history? How well do you know your darlings? Invite your protagonist and your antagonist over for tea and cookies and ask them a few questions on this worksheet. On separate days though. There could be murder.
Examples of dialogue variety:
- “I presume her dissatisfaction was directly related to my lack of transparency.”
- “I assumed she was mad because I hadn’t been honest.”
- “She was probably just pissed off at me for lying.”
This is the heavy stage where we really dig into the story on various levels. There will be comments and marks all over the pages in lots of great colors.
I’ll include helpful links and resources to assist with revisions.
As there will be rewrites after this stage, I will not focus on grammar, punctuation, or sentence structure items that normally fall under line edits.
If you are ready to dig into your story or if you have questions about this stage, drop me an email and let’s chat.