• Scott Miller

Why the lost art of line editing is so important

Updated: Sep 22, 2020

Line editing goes by many names. Some say it’s all about clarity, whereas others claim it should focus on the mechanics of language. Others break the process down into additional categories, each of which achieves a slightly different editorial goal. I, however, prefer to keep things simple: When I perform a line edit, I focus on finding your voice and core message, then I do everything in my power to make it shine.

During this process, I examine your work for grammar, punctuation, and style but also provide guidance on improving clarity, accuracy, and consistency.

My line editing experience includes:

  • Fiction and nonfiction.

  • Technical writing.

  • Academic writing.

  • English as a second language (ESL) writing.

  • Web content.

  • Marketing.

  • Corporate communications.

My process:

First, I create a unique style sheet based on the style guide of your choice. That means building a separate document to keep track of my choices for spelling, punctuation, capitalization, naming conventions, acronyms, and more.

I consult with you, the writer, before performing the first pass. I also track every change so you can review and approve each adjustment I make. Then I conduct one last proofread, double- and triple-checking for consistency, flow, and voice.