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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 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.)


Oct
18
comment How to write time duration correctly
Are you following any particular style guides or internal style sheets? Your answer may be in those.
Oct
18
revised How to write time duration correctly
edited tags, capitalization
Oct
18
comment Is this essay title critical?
This is tough to answer. Can you define "critical" for your purposes? Why are you so concerned with the title and not the essay's content?
Oct
18
revised Is this essay title critical?
edited tags
Oct
17
awarded  Nice Question
Oct
17
reviewed Approve suggested edit on How to get over writer's block related to revising?
Oct
16
comment Problems with character development?
This site is, technically, language-agnostic. In reality, we've not attracted much of a non-English-speaking audience. (Yet.)
Oct
16
comment Problems with character development?
@JohnSmithers - Based on the original version of this question, you'd be right about this being a dupe. But I think this question has been sufficiently differentiated by now.
Oct
16
comment Word Choice: When something negative happens that changes your perspective for the better
Brian, what is your question, exactly? How will you decide which answer is the "correct" one to that question? If you're simply looking for one word, I don't think this question is particularly answerable, as that would be purely a matter of opinion.
Oct
15
revised Problems with character development?
deleted 32 characters in body; edited title
Oct
15
comment Problems with character development?
You're still asking for tips, which isn't really a particularly targeted question; answers can continue to come in forever, and they'd all be correct. However, this is certainly improved thanks for editing. I have done a little bit of further editing in this vein. (In all fairness, this is a very difficult thing to pose a good question about!) This could be a much better question if we knew more about your writing and why you're not finding your characters acceptable. Do you have any writing online you can link to?
Oct
15
comment Problems with character development?
This is a list question, a sort of question not well suited to Stack Exchange sites. However, there clearly is a specific problem here that can be answered. Would you be willing to edit this to avoid that aspect of the question and emphasize the problem itself? If not, we'll have to close.
Oct
13
awarded  Enlightened
Oct
13
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
12
comment How long is a single-title romance novel supposed to be?
Yep, that's why I didn't answer the question; I'll leave this to those more knowledgable in the wars of romance novels to answer more definitively. But my best guess: While 100,000 words is on the long side for a novel, it's hardly unheard of. 75,000 is a good length for any novel. My knowledge of romances is limited to what my wife has lying around the house, but not many of them seem to be thick enough to hit 100,000 words.
Oct
12
comment What is the process for turning a story into a “movie” script?
And a world where writers insist on being paid for their work. The ingrates!
Oct
12
comment How long is a single-title romance novel supposed to be?
I suspect you may be mixing up manuscript pages - the industry standard format is double-spaced, one-inch margins, weighing in at about 250 words a page - and pages in a book, which come out various word counts, depending on how the book is typeset.
Oct
10
revised As a freelance writer, should I charge more for inconvenient time worked?
added 7 characters in body; edited title
Oct
10
revised How to combine a visual and textual outline
Removed request for discussion, formatting, tags
Oct
9
revised Should one use the legal “shall” in requirements documents and specification documents?
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