The Literary Editing Project (The LEP)

How to construct highly readable and semantically sound literary manuscripts

The LEP can help you construct a highly readable and semantically sound literary manuscript. It's a process-method that addresses a system we have created and called SSORE: The Syntax and Semantics, Orthography, and Readability Elements of Writing & Editing, or The SSORE of Writing & Editing.

About The LEP

The LEP is a descriptive grammatical and linguistic checklist, which was developed by McIntoshLinguistics, that is geared towards the grammatical development of literary manuscripts.

McIntoshLinguistics has taken MCINTOSHFORMS™ and The LEP and created a process-method that addresses SSORE: syntax and semantics, orthography and readability elements. Using Microsoft Word, McIntoshLinguistics develops regular expressions (regexes, which are the MCINTOSHFORMS™) and use 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 divides text into sentences, clauses, etc.).

You can then analyze/review a grammatical form, a grammatical function or a grammatical constituent to identify and/or remove any errors or ambiguities. The use of MCINTOSHFORMS™ helps you elevate your literary writing through greater awareness of grammatical form, grammatical function and syntactic function.

The elements of SSORE encompass the three distinct subject matters of The LEP:

  1. Syntax & Semantics (sentence arrangement, morphology)
  2. Orthography (writing conventions, i.e., punctuation)
  3. Readability Elements (clarity)

This process-method of McIntoshLinguistics helps you ensure your edit will result in the construction of a highly readable (close reading) and grammatically sound (effective writing) literary manuscript.

Awareness and 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 and semantics, 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 their characters, milieu and narrative devices.