Content/Line Editing

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The line edit comes after everything has been fixed that was noted in the developmental edit. Sometimes it is called stylistic or content editing. This is where the editor drills down into more specific items.

A line editor works on the following:

·  Voice (word choice) and style (phrasing)

·  Refining characterizations

·  Dialogue

·  Hooks and prompts

   (beginning and end of each chapter)

·  Overused dialogue tags

·  Bad writing habits (similar sentence

   structure, sentences all starting with

   the same word, filler words like

   “just,” “really,” etc.)

·  Consistency