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A freelance editor, I specialize in fiction but I've worked on non-fiction as well as web copy, corporate literature, and non-profit materials. I also edit and write for the group blog Magnificent Nose, which covers many topics but gravitates towards articles about writing and reading.

I'm also a lyricist; a guitarist, most recently for the band Baroque & Hungry; and I'm a touring cyclist.

You can contact me about editing matters here. (Please don't use this form for Stack Exchange business; instead, ping me in chat.)


Jan
26
comment What software do you use for writing and then structuring a book?
@LaurenIpsum - May be biassed? ;)
Jan
26
comment What work better for the following piece of writing? Past or present tense?
Definitely helps. Are you going for a sense of immediacy, or perhaps putting reader more into the character's head? Because if you want the latter, using first person might accomplish that more effectively.
Jan
26
comment What work better for the following piece of writing? Past or present tense?
Interesting question! Within the story, what context will these paragraphs be in? Do you have any particular concerns? Knowing things like this will enable people to give you answers that are more detailed and useful than answers that boil down to explaining the effect present and past tense have on the reader. (Better yet would be a longer excerpt.)
Jan
23
revised Suggest any good text editor for Mac for writing in multiple languages
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Jan
22
revised Suggest any good text editor for Mac for writing in multiple languages
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Jan
22
comment Suggest any good text editor for Mac for writing in multiple languages
Will you be writing fiction? Non-fiction? Short essays or entire books? Do you need version control features? Knowing things like this will help people make better recommendations.
Jan
22
comment Suggest any good text editor for Mac for writing in multiple languages
What will you be using this to write?
Jan
21
answered How do authors gain strong familiarity with archaic and extremely rare words?
Jan
21
comment How do authors gain strong familiarity with archaic and extremely rare words?
@Aerovistae - Maybe Lauren reads a well-thumbed volume of the OED each day over breakfast? We just don't know, can't possibly know. :)
Jan
21
comment How do authors gain strong familiarity with archaic and extremely rare words?
I agree that the only way to expand your vocabulary is by reading lots of words. But perhaps reading annotated versions of very old books might be a better, more educational way to do this?
Jan
19
answered Is it worth reading book to learn more about topic of my story
Jan
19
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Jan
19
comment Find Information For Describing A Nuclear Power Plant
@ChrisOkyen - It would make the existing answer irrelevant if you did. I think the question already focuses on how to find information rather than simply asking questions, so it's fine. (My earlier comment was meant to apply towards those who would answer the question.)
Jan
18
comment What is the proper way to use the pronoun “I” without too much repetition?
If you have questions about what you can and can't ask here, please feel free to use our meta and chat room. And welcome to the site!
Jan
18
revised What is the proper way to use the pronoun “I” without too much repetition?
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Jan
18
comment What is the proper way to use the pronoun “I” without too much repetition?
Migrated here as per discussion between mods on both sites.
Jan
18
comment How to number the equations in an academic paper?
Are you using a particular style guide (APA, MLA, etc.)?
Jan
18
comment Find Information For Describing A Nuclear Power Plant
@Mussri - You may be right; please feel free to contribute to the meta discussion on this.
Jan
18
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Jan
18
revised Find Information For Describing A Nuclear Power Plant
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