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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.)


Sep
23
comment Example of a fictional story without any characters (the story being 1000+ words)
See the other answers. Having a story without characters may not make for the best story, but it is possible.
Sep
23
comment How can I make it more erotic?
Locking this post for now, to avoid a continuing edit war. user08742, if you want to discuss this, please open a thread in meta.
Sep
22
comment Urban erotica and authors
Closed as per meta.writers.stackexchange.com/a/892/26.
Sep
22
comment Is it common to bring in a developmental editor when you are at the stage of synopsis?
I'd also be interested in knowing where developmental editing ends and writing coach begins with this.
Sep
22
comment Is it common to bring in a developmental editor when you are at the stage of synopsis?
Definitely helpful, but I think that's a different take on this. The author of that post is a developmental editor, so of course he'll be more knowledgable than I am. Perhaps this is becoming more common over time?
Sep
22
comment Good idea to write a scene with just pure dialogue exchange?
Depends on the dialog and your specific situation, but probably.
Sep
21
comment What software is good for writing a technical book?
If the linked question doesn't address what you need, please let us know in the comments.
Sep
20
comment Are newlines effective for adding weight to certain phrases?
Agreed, this can be effective but it's easy to overuse.
Sep
20
comment Book translations for a student
To the person who voted to close because this is about translating, not writing: Translation is on-topic here, as are requests for writing tools.
Sep
19
comment How can i learn the name of a colour to use in a description?
Perhaps this will help? boredpanda.com/color-thesaurus-char-ingrid-sundberg
Sep
19
comment Story without any character development whatsoever?
There's no private messaging system on Stack Exchange, but you can contact me here.
Sep
17
comment Resource for idioms
I think this is a situation where reading a lot will benefit you a lot more than any resource. Even if this exists, you'd be copying phrases by rote.
Sep
17
comment Story without any character development whatsoever?
I'm just curious, but would you be willing to link to this story?
Sep
17
comment Story without any character development whatsoever?
@LaurenIpsum Definitely related, but I think this question contains a different enough shade of meaning to stand on its own.
Sep
16
comment Can a sentence start with verb?
Can you tell us why you're asking, to give this context? Questions strictly about grammar are off-topic here.
Sep
13
comment Is it bad to include subplots that don't push the story forward?
@BroSlow - I think the comparison gives us a high-level view of how fashions and perceived best practices in writing have changed over the centuries. What we view as literature now may not be considered such in a few hundred years, and we view potboilers of the day (like Shakespeare) as sophisticated, influential fiction.
Sep
13
comment Killing the protagonist - should it be done?
This answer has received flags marking it as offensive. I've softened it a bit to address these concerns; see the edit history for more information. If you'd like to discuss, I'm happy to do so.
Sep
10
comment International self publishing: where to start?
No, that's fine, thanks.
Sep
9
comment International self publishing: where to start?
Welcome to Writers. I see that you've posted two answers so far, and both link to Wattpad. Are you affiliated with the site?
Sep
6
comment Books on character development
Related: What are good reads about writing?