Proofreading vs copy editing
As soon as possible, ideally - at the design stage. Very often, the author begins - because of their own ignorance or unfounded self-confidence - begin immediately to write, and then either come to a standstill, or takes them somewhere away from the original project. Write complete without elaborate literary history and proofreading, not just the product of the project is fraught with the fact that hundreds of pages of written text, as was the case even in the English classics, will go into the trash can and will have to rewrite the two-thirds of the text. If the plan is not worked and contains fatal flaws if present in the literary history of the logical inconsistencies if the system chosen heroes properly if poorly motivated by emotions and actions of the characters, the author, without the editor sees it just wrote a whole. Is it not wiser to be budding author first stage of the project, to find out about hidden traps, and then sit down to write the manuscript entirely?
Nevertheless, the authors are almost always not seek proofreading until you finish your manuscript and will be able to dissatisfaction with its content. This dense approach to creativity, like that in the XXI century there should not be. Productive literary life is short, the time to ruin the creation of epistolary mountains of garbage - an occupation for unwise. Inexperienced writers neglected developing the editing stage of the project works are doomed to repeat the manuscript during the so-called "revision" - is very nervous and often unsuccessful process of restructuring its creation (95% aspiring writers to edit himself is simply not capable, that is not able to become a different point of view or, in their ignorance, they see no need for this). So, the sooner accomplished developmental proofreading, the more time and nerves will save yourself a novice writer.
Ideally, a good editor presents the author develops a road map on which one can build (rebuild) their work. Developmental Editing help the author to see his literary history, on the other - professional - point of view, the question which the author, or did not see, or that do not consider it necessary to respond. Working with the editor, an aspiring author first saw his work through the eyes of a skilled reader. This work, even with only one manuscript of the author teaches far more than the months or years of self-education, deriving from the sites and textbooks on creative writing. The work begins with the editor of the author's own manuscript - is proofread in effectiveness training workshop, very quickly and at times enhancing writing skills. Working with developmental editor opens at the beginning writer previously closed 'editorial eye ", stimulates the emergence of skills in the revision and self-editing of the manuscript. All this gives confidence to the writer, his work increases productivity, provides creative longevity and lack of deep disappointment in the works. That is why in dealing with novice writers editors School of Proofreading first of all advise them to find a good developmental editor, and in any case not stew in its own juice over the years (by a long cooking any perspective, it would seem, for consumer product only port).
Developmental Proofreader does not rule the manuscript - not a single word. He looks at the text as if on top, covering and evaluating the whole picture. Editor detects problems and displays the contents of the manuscript to the author (lists of points), specifically what he should do to improve the main elements of a literary work. The point is the author - to correct text, following all the recommendations of the editor, or ignore some of them, or even ignored all the recommendations.