What Is Developmental Editing?

This is also called content or substantive editing, and the terms are often used interchangeably.

Fiction Developmental Editing Examines:

  • Plot
  • Emotional realism and build-up
  • World building
  • Effective scenes and chapters
  • Characterization
  • Subplots
  • Setting
  • Pacing
  • Points of view
  • Info-dumping
  • Conflict
  • Internal inconsistencies

 

Nonfiction Developmental Editing Examines:

  • Argument
  • Logic
  • Evidence and supporting details
  • Cohesiveness
  • Organization and structure
  • Basic fact-checking
  • Internal inconsistencies
  • Audience-tailored content
  • Effectiveness
  • Readability