Sweetnes & Light

Purple Prose, Meet Blue Pencil

Line editing was once a literary art form practised at many Australian newspapers and magazines. As may easily be deduced, such editing involves a line-by-line examination of a piece before it is returned to the author for pre-publication refinement. Quadrant, despite budgetary constraints common to the cash-restricted world of modern journalism, still employs several excellent line editors. Other publications do not. In fact, some publications known in their day for quality line editing no longer exist at all. Back during my years at Time magazine’s Australian edition and the Bulletin—both now gone—I believed myself quite the useful line editor. It…

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