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203. Editing Essentials 1: Copy Editing and Line/Stylistic Editing

I’m thrilled to say that this is the premiere of a series of episodes called “Editing Essentials” that I will be doing with my co-host, Jennia D’Lima. Jennia is a freelance editor based in Maryland. She and I will be having open conversations about a whole range of editing topics that a writer at any level should know about editors and the editing process. Our plan is to do two of these per month, and ultimately combine them into a website and webinar that we would offer to listeners. Today’s topic is “Editing Essentials: Copy Editing and Line/Stylistic Editing,” episode 203 of the podcast.

Jennia's Website

Posted in: 2023

174. Avoid Verbal and Narrative Clichés in Your Writing

I talk about these two types of clichés to avoid. I use "verbal cliché" to mean hackneyed phrases and worn-out imagery that may have been imaginative and fresh at some time in the history of the language now, but has since gone stale. I use "narrative cliché" to mean the use of familiar tropes and situations in the story you are telling. This episode mostly is about fiction and film.

Garner's Modern English Usage

Imagining and Knowing: The Shape of Fiction, by Gregory Currie