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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.)


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comment Misanthropic writers
This question is both off-topic and a list question; placing on hold.
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comment How to develop a more regal language
This question might get more useful answers on the Worldbuilding site.
1d
comment What's the difference between Cut and Cut to?
Why the vote to close as off-topic? Screenwriting is on-topic here.
1d
comment How to make a good argumentative thesis state about denying services to gays?
I'm sorry, but asking what to write is off-topic here. If you have specific writing questions related to this topic, please feel free to edit this question and we'll consider reopening.
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comment Starting a book with this sentence, is it ok?
This is off-topic here for a few reasons. Questions about grammar are off-topic, as are critique questions and questions asking what to write.
2d
comment How to develop a more regal language
Related: Is it ever effective to use modern and archaic grammar together?
2d
comment how do i make scenes pop out and become more exciting?
Welcome to Writers. Sorry, but this is too broad as it stands. If you can edit it to describe your problem in more detail, including what you've tried and what was unsatisfying about it, we can look at reopening. Please check out our short tour; it explains more about the site. Thanks.
Nov
23
comment What are the initial classes called in university and how do they work?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is not about writing, editing, or a related field.
Nov
22
comment What's the difference between purple prose and vividly descriptive writing?
Relevant: What is the most purplish prose you can write? on Reddit.
Nov
20
comment Can't write more than the beginning of a story
If you can edit this question to be different from the linked questions, we'll consider reopening. Why are the existing answers not helping you? You may just need time and motivation.
Nov
20
comment How do I manage a plot with two protagonists?
This is still a very unclear question. Placing on hold until it can be edited.
Nov
20
comment How to improve quality of this answer?
Critiques like this one are off-topic here, I'm sorry to say. Placing on hold for now, but please feel free to edit this.
Nov
18
comment How do I manage a plot with two protagonists?
Is the problem switching between multiple first-person viewpoints, or simply between characters you're following closely? Is there actual narration? (I assume you're at a point where you're writing a script or outline.)
Nov
16
comment Writing many entries/articles, storing them, and browsing them
I think that, unless Scrivener has content management features I'm not familiar with (I'm not the Scrivener expert here!), OP wants something like a content management system, not a development platform. Or is there more to Scrivener than I know?
Nov
14
comment What are the appropriate first steps to writing a scientific paper concerning a physical constant?
Closing this until Bill returns to the site to edit the question.
Nov
14
comment Should I write my novel?
@Standback - Agreed, this seems more like a forum discussion question than something answerable.
Nov
13
comment Email to request copy of paper
I know this is a very old question, but asking for general critiques is off-topic on this site. Closing.
Nov
13
comment Show Don't Tell when Recounting Events
And by the way, concerning downvoting: Stack Exchange sites, including this one, encourage people to explain why they're downvoting when they do it. This gives the poster the opportunity to improve what they wrote.
Nov
13
comment Show Don't Tell when Recounting Events
This is a critique of the text in the question, but doesn't quite answer the question that was actually asked. That is: In this case, is telling more appropriate that showing?
Nov
11
comment What's the difference between purple prose and vividly descriptive writing?
I agree, that'd be an improvement.