line editing

Line editing is editing at paragraph and sentence level. It is editing to clarify meaning, ensure understanding, and refine language. Line editing focuses on improving the sound and style of the writing. It is not a grammar check.
Line editing focuses on the word choices, sentence structure, and flow. Line editing is focussing on the artistic side of writing, and developing strong and consistent voice throughout your novel.

What does this form of editing include?

Line editing includes a lot of notes and tracked changes within the body of the manuscript.

I work on:

  • The readability, language, and paragraph structure
  • Clichés, jargon, and redundancies
  • Overused words and phrases
  • Consistency with quotations
  • Rearranging sentences and paragraphs
  • Adverb use
  • Passive voice
  • Confusing sentences
  • Over or under describing
  • Awkward dialogue
  • Run-on sentences
  • Repeating the same information in different ways
  • Dialogue or paragraphs that can be tightened
  • Unclear scene transitions
  • Confusing character actions
  • Unclear meaning
  • Unnatural phrasing
  • Parts of the novel that don’t read
  • Bland language
  • Words or phrases to use instead of… (to clarify or intensify meaning)

Why choose line editing over other forms of editing?

A line edit is a great way to make sure your story is the best it can be. I do not do purely line editing on its own. This is covered in manuscript editing.


What is not included in the edit?

Line editing is not a proofread or a copy edit. For more information on these services check out my proofreading page and my copy editing page.

If you want to know more about the difference between a line edit and a copy edit, read this article.

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