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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.

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Aug
20
revised Where and how to give an overview of each chapter in scientific writing?
edited tags
Aug
20
comment Quotes inside of Quotes inside of Quotes
"There should be no space placed between double and single quotation marks" - Does MLA specify this?
Aug
20
comment Quotes inside of Quotes inside of Quotes
@Just - Nested quotes always alternate between double quotes and single quotes. Whether you start with double or single quotes depends on whether you're using US or UK/Aus/NZ style.
Aug
18
comment Fan Fiction: a crutch or a good start?
"There's nothing you can gain from writing completely original stories that you can't gain from writing fanfic." Building your own, completely original world and characters, perhaps? Yeah, there are ways to make fanfic less dependent on the original universe, but it's barely fanfic at that point. IMO the entire point of fanfic is to play with beloved characters and settings.
Aug
17
revised How long should it take to write 100k words?
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Aug
17
comment What is the word for this effect - things are not normally noticed until those things come in to the news and people fear/are looking for them
@KitFox - Done!
Aug
17
revised Is there a technique to help me write this character's notebook entries?
Included info from comments
Aug
17
comment How long should it take to write 100k words?
This is indeed subjective, but being subjective isn't always a problem here. Answerable? Yes, but answers are going to be vague; I've heard of novels being written in a few weeks or in ten years. A year or two is probably a good middle ground for a 100k novel.
Aug
17
comment Deciding whether to use a dialogue tag or an action tag in a dialogue
Related issue: said bookisms.
Aug
17
comment What is the word for this effect - things are not normally noticed until those things come in to the news and people fear/are looking for them
Agreed, this is off-topic. @KitFox, since you're a mod over there, shall I send this to EL&U?
Aug
17
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Is there a technique to help me write this character's notebook entries?
Aug
15
revised How can I learn how to outline, so I can write like an architect?
Introduced clarifications brought out in comments ; added 63 characters in body
Aug
15
comment How can I learn how to outline, so I can write like an architect?
That's a much more specific question that what's here, and one that's more likely to be answered. Will do another edit to make this clear; please revert or further edit my edits if need be. In the meantime, you may also want to delve into the planning tag here on Writers.SE; you may find some questions to be of interest.
Aug
15
comment Is it safe to write about a fictional murder in a real-life location?
Have you spoken to the owners? Do you have particular reasons for thinking they may take issue with this, or is this just anticipation of the general unease that many people would have? Does the story have to take place in this specific place, or can it be fictionalized?
Aug
15
comment What's the correct vocabulary for a web application tutorial?
Re: "click" and "tap" - If the tutorial site has a separate mobile site, there should be no problem.
Aug
15
comment What's the correct vocabulary for a web application tutorial?
What's the intended audience of this tutorial? General web audience? Corporate?
Aug
15
comment How can I learn how to outline, so I can write like an architect?
Some specificity might help. Do you need help in learning how to outline? how to follow an outline? What applicable skills are you lacking in? Is integrating the two where you have questions? Or do you just need prompts and exercises?
Aug
15
revised How can I learn how to outline, so I can write like an architect?
Added excerpt from the site
Aug
12
comment What's the significance of ancient mythology in literature?
I think that this question straddles the edge of a question about reading and a question about writing. Also (and as Standback pointed out), questions about literary technique are currently on-topic. If the community wants to vote to close this, we'll have to re-examine why and the general policy. But I personally think this question is fine.
Aug
10
revised Writing a novel which has the same structure and a particular theme in each chapter
Highlighted the actual question with a header, formatting