HACK THE CRAFT™: Line Editing for Texture and Characterization (part 1)
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This tutorial comes courtesy of episode 145 of The Taylor Stevens Show. It's part 4 of a 5 part series in which, at the author's request, we go through the process of converting a first person present tense piece to third person past tense and then move on to line editing.

In part 3 (TSS Episode 144) we cleaned up errors introduced by the search and replace feature. By the end we had a story segment fully converted from first person present tense to third person past tense.

In this tutorial we begin the line editing process where we learn:  

~~ How to rewrite to avoid overusing pronouns. 

~~ How to rewrite to keep key concepts close together for impact.

~~ How to organize information within a paragraph to eliminate unnecessary words. 

~~ Where extra information needs to get added to allow the story flow to make sense.

~~ How small textural details and characterization can create instant depth that will draw the reader in.

~~ How and where to include those types of details.

~~ How to avoid a character inadvertently coming across as cold or selfish with humanizing touches. 

Due to the length of the material we were only able to complete half of the line edit in this episode. The next episode will see us to the finish line. 

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