The Literary Editing Project (The LEP)


About The LEP

The LEP is an editing process created by McIntoshLinguistics that uses a descriptive checklist to address a process-method we like to refer to as SSORE: this involves syntax and semantics, orthography, and readability elements such as coordination and subject-verb agreement in your literary manuscript.

Used in combination with a grammatical method called MCINTOSHFORMS™, which uses regular expressions (regexes) and/or grammatical forms (letters, words, phrases, and orthography) to isolate morphological structures, syntactic structures, and orthographic structures (i.e., hyphenation that forms compound words and punctuation that divide text into sentences, clauses, etc.) within a Microsoft (MS) Word document, The LEP helps you ensure your edit will result in the construction of a highly readable (close reading) and grammatically sound (effective writing) literary manuscript.

The LEP also helps you elevate your literary writing through greater awareness of grammatical functions and syntactic functions and through the use of the Find tool (a search dialog) in MS Word.

Awareness & knowledge to achieve high readability and sound grammaticality

The LEP in combination with MCINTOSHFORMS™ helps you analyze/review your literary manuscript through the lens of syntax, shape, and readability. It identifies some of the most integral operatives (words, phrases, clauses, and punctuation) involved in constructing a highly readable and semantically sound literary manuscript. While The LEP focuses on the editing process, it also reinforces the importance of the writer’s taking it upon himself or herself to study every nuance and aspect of English, should he or she want to be further empowered to tell stories that delve into the very psychology of its characters, milieu, and narrative devices.

The LEP is divided into three parts:

  1. Syntax and Semantics: Form (Morphology, Modifiers, and Clauses) and Function
  2. Shape: Orthography (Hyphens, Punctuation, Parentheses, i.e., Phrases, and Commas)
  3. Readability: Coordination and Parallelism, Contrast and Opposition, and Subject-Verb Agreement
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