The Literary Editing Project (The LEP)

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About The LEP

The LEP is an editing process created by McIntoshLinguistics that uses the concepts of grammatical "form" and grammatical "function" to study and describe orthography, syntax, and morphology.

Used in combination with a grammatical method called MCINTOSHFORMS™, which uses regular expressions (regexes) and/or grammatical forms (letters, words, phrases, and punctuation) to isolate grammatical constituents and grammatical functions 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: Form (Morphology, Phrases, and Clauses) and Function
  2. Shape: Orthography (Hyphenation and Punctuation)
  3. Readability: Coordination and Parallelism, and Contrast and Opposition
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