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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.)


Mar
11
comment Does this dream sequence work in my introduction?
Critiques are now off-topic here. Please see the links in the on-hold text above for more information about this.
Mar
11
comment Headline method - How do I write The Economist-style headlines?
Reading the Economist style guide would probably be a good step in the right direction. (Which is, incidentally, the funniest style guide I've ever read.)
Mar
4
comment Criteria for a good screenplay
@TomAu - Sure, sounds good.
Mar
4
comment Are the tenses of the following piece correct?
Proofreading requests and grammar are off-topic here. Closing.
Mar
3
comment Fiction writing: is using Git overkill?
I'm more concerned that this question is vague and soliciting opinions, but it's also clearly a duplicate. Closed.
Mar
1
comment Structuring a novel like a television or graphic novel series
Closing for now, but please do edit this so it's more specific. In its current form it's going to attract vague answers.
Mar
1
comment Structuring a novel like a television or graphic novel series
What is your question, exactly? Do you want to know the drawbacks and advantages of this approach? Asking for examples and general advice isn't the sort of question that works well here.
Feb
26
comment How does one determine how much of a song you can use without paying?
Can you provide a source for this?
Feb
25
comment Writing a short documentary about a medical clinic
Melissa, your answer looks suspiciously like spam. I've removed your link for now, but can you go into more detail on this? Answers that are basically just a link elsewhere are heavily discouraged here.
Feb
24
comment Any advice on how to learn DITA for technical writing?
@MonicaCellio Thanks.
Feb
23
comment How can I structure a novel to contain short stories?
You may also want to read The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury. While the book is a classic (and deservedly so), it's also a good example of how to not structure a novel: The stories have little to do with the main narrative, which is a bit too obviously a framing device.
Feb
23
comment Criteria for a good screenplay
@JohnSmithers What do you think of Tom's edit? This technically answers our concerns, but the question isn't substantially different.
Feb
22
comment Any advice on how to learn DITA for technical writing?
I think this question is about programming, not writing. What do our tech writers think? Leave this open or close it?
Feb
16
comment Humor in Writting
As written, this is an extremely broad question. You might consider looking at our site tour if you need clarification on this. I'm placing this question on hold for now, but if you have specific questions about humor that aren't covered elsewhere on the site, feel free to edit this question or open another one.
Feb
12
comment Note taking from a textbook and publishing the notes online
@what While I disagree with the meta thread that decided this, legal questions are on-topic here.
Feb
10
comment Book Title Generator that takes input?
I want to read the novel Sword Cake.
Feb
7
comment Fantasy - chapter length
Relevant, possibly a duplicate: What is a normal length for a chapter?
Feb
4
comment When is it okay to tell?
"Show, don't tell" applies to narrative writing as well. While it's true that modern writing has been heavily influenced by movies and TV, that doesn't mean that reducing exposition is a bad idea.
Feb
2
comment Is sending your characters back to a different century a good way to disguise them?
I'm not sure if this is an opinion-based question that'd be better off on a writing discussion forum than here, or a brilliant writing question for this site. Either way, I'm looking forward to the answers!
Jan
29
comment Delerium too much like a dream?
Why is it important that the reader know it's not a dream? Also, welcome to the site.