When authors write a book, they often use several different types of editors.
They first get broad feedback on the early stages of their book (editorial assessments). Then, as their book progresses, a developmental editor assists with plot holes and character development.
Only after the significant issues are fixed do authors enlist the help of a copy editor, who helps with technical issues, spelling, and grammar.
A proofreader makes sure everything is as error-free as possible.
The goal of each editor is different. There’s no point in getting a proofreader while you’re still figuring out your plot holes.
The same happens in project development. To make our projects run smoothly, we have different goals at different stages.
What might you do today to help define your project stages, so they run more smoothly?
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