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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.)


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.
Nov
10
comment What's the difference between purple prose and vividly descriptive writing?
Welcome to Writers. Stack Exchange sites work a little differently that traditional discussion forums; answers need to directly answer the question, not discuss the issues raised. This answer is a nice essay on how to write well, but it doesn't directly answer the question, which is asking how to tell the difference between "purple prose" and descriptive writing.
Nov
10
comment What are the appropriate first steps to writing a scientific paper concerning a physical constant?
This question is awfully broad. What kind of paper do you need to write? What knowledge do you already have about writing? Your school may already have a writing lab, have you tried that resource?
Nov
7
comment Comprehensive reference book for syntax and style
We already have many questions asking for reference books about writing. For books specifically about grammar, you can find several examples here. I hope this helps.
Nov
6
comment Am I using too much dialogue?
Can you provide an example?
Nov
6
comment What are frequently used arguments for recognizing bad writing styles in fiction?
I think you mean "criteria", not "arguments"?
Nov
4
comment What linguistic features increase the degree of readability?
Why do you want to know? Is this for a writing project, or to improve your writing?
Nov
4
comment What linguistic features increase the degree of readability?
Can you be more specific? This question, while very interesting, basically asks, "what is clear writing, linguistically" and I think that's an awfully broad question. From the FAQ: "Your questions should be reasonably scoped. If you can imagine an entire book that answers your question, you’re asking too much."
Nov
4
comment Is there a systematic overview over the approaches of describing a physical object?
Interesting question; why do you ask?
Nov
4
comment Past tense vs present tense
Welcome to Writers. Would you be willing to share a few lines of the story in question? It might help clarify the situation.
Nov
4
comment Where can I find a good online thesaurus?
Thanks, that's very helpful.