What is Line Editing?

Line editing focuses on sentence- and paragraph-level improvements, and is best done after an author addresses their development concerns.

Some of the things I’ll look at when line editing are:

  • Overused words
  • Unnatural phrasing
  • Clunky or bloated prose
  • Confusing, vague, or ambiguous passages
  • Slow, convoluted sections

  • Redundancies
  • Inconsistencies
  • Scene or topic transitions
  • Scene/subchapter’s readability and pacing
  • Scene/subchapter’s atmosphere and tone