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What is line editing?

This post covers: Where the phrase line editing may have come from The difference between line editing and copyediting The difference between line editing and heavy copyediting What fiction line editing involves So, what is line editing exactly? It has something to do with lines or sentences, right? Yes, but other kinds of edits involve …

Are copyeditors prescriptivists? From patriotism to inclusive language

This post covers: Definitions of prescriptivism and prescriptivists Types of prescriptive language use Prescriptivism in Croatia Prescriptivism in English-language editing Conscious and inclusive language In today’s blog post I’ll cover different kinds of prescriptive language use. Let’s start by asking: What are prescriptivists? First, there is no firm consensus among linguists on this, so the …

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The Save the Cat beat sheet: a cultural anthropological approach

Blake Snyder’s book Save the Cat! offers a blueprint for screenwriters on how to draft a successful film script. Drawing on his experience as a screenwriter in Hollywood, the book outlines a save the cat beat sheet that describes the different points and pacing in many winning films. Somewhat later, Jessica Brody transformed the insights …