Line editing means to consider each individual sentence as a unit and to check it for clarity, efficiency and logic.
How is this done?
1. Eliminate unnecessary modifiers.
Kick out the modifier words that decrease the strength of prose.
Eg: Simply, lovingly, soothingly, ( hint: words that end with –ly)
2. Eliminate clichés
Read my post about kicking out the clichés here.
3. Eliminate repeated words and phrases
Read the passages and find repeated words and replace them with their synonym. Look out for character descriptions, or actions that are repeated. Try replacing them with different phrases or words.
4. Delete the extra thats, hads and buts.
Many people tend to use a lot of buts, had and that in their prose. Try to eliminate some of them, without effecting the meaning of the sentences.
5. Look up words whose exact meaning you don’t know:
Some people try to show off their verbosity by relying on thesaurus and use words that is not at all suitable or grammatically correct. If you have used an unfamiliar word, look up their meaning in a dictionary and make sure it conveys the meaning you want to convey.
6. Use online tools to find synonyms to replace repeated words.
There are many online thesaurus that helps us find words that will sound apt and make the sentences more effective and concise. Use the online tools while doing line editing so that you end up with a clean and correct prose.
7. Read it aloud and rephrase.
Some sentences when we read out aloud loses its charm. Find words and rephrase the sentence to make it more effective and soothing to the ears.
This post is a part of the APRIL A-Z Challenge