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The Hulk: Lean and Mean Line Editing

Lean and Mean: Extreme Line Editing!

An interesting discussion (we think) for today: Tumblr user “madlori” has some line editing advice you might not like. Firstly, before we dive into that, it’s important we clarify the difference between line editing and any other form of manuscript editing… Line editing comes near the end of the writing process, before the copy editor […]

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Readability Scales: Do They Matter and Which Do You Trust?

Flesch-Kincaid, Gunning Fog, reading ease, grade level… if all this sounds like gibberish to you, you’re not alone. Some, however, you’ll probably recognise as terms which describe the level of your writing’s readability. The question is: How important is it to understand your readability score, and what does it mean for your story? Before we […]

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Too Much Information -- Fix excessive description in your writing
"Mistakes were made..." Example of passive voice in writing

Active & Passive Voice, with Examples

Ah… passive voice. Just hearing that term conjures images of ninth-grade English class with all its confusing grammar rules! Passive voice is something that’s often talked about with disdain by editors and writing coaches – but many writers find it hard to recognise when they’re using it. That muscle can be a difficult one to […]

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Adverbs Weighing Down Writing
List of Clichés to Strike Down in Editing

The List of Clichés You Should Strike Down in Editing

Strong writing is crisp and distinct. Clichés are cheesy and amateurish. And you’re better than that. There are thousands of clichés out there, so it’s no wonder they sometimes creep into our writing during the drafting stage. But they can make your prose feel boring, unimaginative — or worse, amateurish. Now that you’re editing, it’s […]

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