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Writing Methods: Types of Editors

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By now we have talked about planning to write with different kinds of outlining vs. pantsing, controlling and experimenting with your environment and the rituals you do before you write, and different methods for writing the first draft. Today we will talk about different types of editors.

Types of Editors

There are four main types of editors: content editors, also known as developmental editors; line or copy editors, formatters and proofreaders. Each type of editor focuses on a different aspect of your work and fixes problems within their area of expertise.

Content or Developmental Editors

Content editors focus on the big picture ideas of your work. Things like structure, scene order, plot and character development, emotional arcs, and infusing the theme into every scene. If you are just starting out with writing, it’s worth the investment to hire one of these if you are able. They can work with you during any part of the process, from developing the idea and premise for your book to editing the finished drafts. Expect to do a lot of rewriting and rearranging, adding and deleting scenes when you do these types of revisions and edits.

Line or Copy Editors

Copy editors will focus on… [Read More]