We have the opportunity to read hundreds of scripts and manuscripts a year, and we've come to realize how much the first pages shape the journey. As you prepare to submit your work to agents, publishers, producers, and contests, we suggest you focus on your protagonist and orient your reader to the world and stakes of your story.
We're trying to get more concise, so this one is under four minutes. Hope you enjoy!
You've written and rewritten. You've worked with critique partners and beta readers. Why would you want developmental editing?
Before the first draft, there is a messy, mostly formed chunk of story that we call Draft Zero. Most of the pieces are there, but it’s not up to first draft standards. Think end of NaNoWriMo.
In this video, we discuss what to do with Draft Zero. Conventional wisdom is that you keep your nose to the grindstone until you have a solid first draft, at which point you request feedback. We recommend taking a step back and working with an editor or critique partner at the Draft Zero stage. Watch to find out why!