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Help me keep track of the time I spend writing

Is there a Mac application that can help me keep track of hours, dates, and time I spend writing? [more inside]
posted by agent99 on May 2, 2007 - 13 answers

Short Story Feedback?

I've written a short story that experiments with genres and social groups in a unique way. I'd like some feedback before showing this to an English professor and potentially embarrassing myself. Where can I get some feedback online? Preferably in the next couple of hours . [more inside]
posted by jne1813 on May 2, 2007 - 5 answers

Looking for tools to help me get out of the endless reading trap

Can anyone recommend some good research/study/outlining software that assists your writing? Either freeware or paid. Basically I mean software that alows you to collate ideas and notes as you read, as well as lets you do outlining - all this in preparation for writing a report or paper or essay. [more inside]
posted by vizsla on Apr 25, 2007 - 11 answers

Plaintext and Excel

MS Excel: I need to place quotation marks around the numbers in a column. Is there a better way to do this than I am currently trying or is there a plaintext spreadsheet editor that would be a better solution? [more inside]
posted by imposster on Apr 25, 2007 - 10 answers

I hate lines in notebooks!

I hate lines in notebooks! Where can I find unruled Composition Books? [more inside]
posted by ThePants on Apr 18, 2007 - 7 answers

I read it for the articles. No, really. Just help me find them again.

Please help me find a way to electronically organize my magazine article collection. [more inside]
posted by marylynn on Apr 12, 2007 - 6 answers

Screenplay in three weeks - am I crazy?

So, I promised myself that this year I would write a feature-length screenplay and enter it for the Nicholl Fellowships. The deadline is May 1. I haven't started yet. Still doable? [more inside]
posted by different on Apr 11, 2007 - 22 answers

What are the best recent articles on immigration?

Help me find illuminating, educating, eye-opening articles on immigration for a class I'm teaching at the Kennedy School of Government. [more inside]
posted by josh on Apr 11, 2007 - 5 answers

WTF, gel pen?

Gel pens: Help me learn to make them perform consistently. [more inside]
posted by knave on Apr 10, 2007 - 9 answers

What are some classic novels penned when their authors were unusually young?

Help me think of great novels that were written when their authors were unusually young. [more inside]
posted by scarylarry on Apr 9, 2007 - 39 answers

How can I learn handwriting from scratch?

My handwriting is so bad, I should probably start completely over and re-learn how to write. How can I do this? [more inside]
posted by comwiz on Apr 8, 2007 - 27 answers

In screenwriting terminology, what are "bookends"?

In screenwriting terminology, what are "bookends"? [more inside]
posted by paperfingers on Apr 5, 2007 - 24 answers

Is there anyone else like Chuck out there?

I really love Chuck Klosterman's writing. Please help me find more authors/columnists like him. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 5, 2007 - 10 answers

how do you move a story without being in it?

fiction writers: how do you move a story without being in it? [more inside]
posted by mirileh on Apr 3, 2007 - 28 answers

I want to write once, get paid twice

I have written a couple of travel/food articles for large U.S. newspapers. Once they are published, I am free to resell them. The questions: Where? How? [more inside]
posted by veggieboy on Mar 28, 2007 - 1 answer

I don't want to be Carrie Bradshaw, how do I avoid it?!

I jokingly refer to my life and every experience I've had so far as "research" and say I'm going to write a book about it. But I'm not trying to be the next Carrie Bradshaw. [more inside]
posted by slyboots421 on Mar 23, 2007 - 8 answers

I never give congratulations in restaurants...

Spelling filter: Why do I ALWAYS struggle with the same few particular words? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Mar 20, 2007 - 44 answers

Need an epigraph!

Epigraphfilter: Help me think of something good (or, barring that, something funny) to kick off my senior thesis. The paper is about why nations sometimes sneak around the established, public, legally recognized way of writing treaties when they cooperate. [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint on Mar 16, 2007 - 10 answers

fastest rejections in short literature

What magazines have the best slush turnaround times? This is a question for submitters and editorial assistants alike about average response times for unsolicited works. [more inside]
posted by shownomercy on Mar 12, 2007 - 12 answers

How to Market my Writing Course

Marketing Question: Suggestions needed about how I get my User Document writing course (for non-writers) in front of my target market. [more inside]
posted by mbarryf on Mar 12, 2007 - 1 answer

Software Reccomendations: Writing a Paper While Keeping An Outline

Need toms help finding a good program or method for maintaining an outline structure within an essay. As you can tell, I'm having a hard time describing my problem. [more inside]
posted by rossination on Mar 9, 2007 - 9 answers

How did the collapse of the Western Roman Empire affect the quality of Latin writing?

How did the Latin language degenerate during the collapse of the Western Roman Empire? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Mar 5, 2007 - 14 answers

Books about writing non fiction

I need recommendations on books about nonfiction writing. [more inside]
posted by BradNelson on Mar 4, 2007 - 16 answers

Juggling a job and freelance work

Do my job and freelance clients all need to know about each other? [more inside]
posted by serialcomma on Mar 1, 2007 - 13 answers

Please help me overcome my congential elitism.

What do you know about the M.A. in Writing program at DePaul University or about such programs in general? [more inside]
posted by zadermatermorts on Feb 28, 2007 - 7 answers

Please list anything and everything that has to do with interns and internships

I'm writing an essay on interns and internships and I need suggestions for books, films, songs (?), quotations, etc., about or that reference, surprise, interns and internships in some way. [more inside]
posted by Cochise on Feb 27, 2007 - 17 answers

Will blogging while writing my book create copyright problems?

I'm writing a book and keeping a blog along the way. I have a questions about copyright law in case I want to use text from the blog posts. [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw on Feb 25, 2007 - 13 answers

I've got the will and the time to write - but about what?

Am I crazy to think about trying to find a field or topic to write about purely based on potential popularity? If not, how? [more inside]
posted by nanojath on Feb 24, 2007 - 19 answers

Ideas on how to write a Peace Corps book

I need help putting together a book about my Peace Corps experiences, though I have no idea where to even begin. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by brokekid on Feb 23, 2007 - 15 answers

Pitching a TV show?

I have an idea for a television show. What are the guidelines for a treatment/pilot? [more inside]
posted by bardic on Feb 17, 2007 - 8 answers

Help me concoct the essay portion of this test

I want to give a job applicant a writing test. [more inside]
posted by Mister_A on Feb 15, 2007 - 15 answers

Do Novelists Dream of Bodies Electrific?

Charles Dickens claimed he never dreamt about his characters. Is this par for the course for fictionists? [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones on Feb 14, 2007 - 10 answers

What is your favorite highlighter?

The best commonly-available highlighter? [more inside]
posted by coolhappysteve on Feb 11, 2007 - 19 answers

Help me be a better self-editor

How do I improve my self editing/proofreading skills when it comes to the writing I produce for work? [more inside]
posted by suasponte on Feb 9, 2007 - 27 answers

How many Pages to Write a Novel?

How many type written pages make up a novel? [more inside]
posted by finitejest on Feb 9, 2007 - 12 answers

Is this right? How to write it most simply?

For engraving purposes: Tell me (a) if this is right (b) what it looks like in one of the Japanese alphabets. [more inside]
posted by pax digita on Feb 8, 2007 - 27 answers

Should I become a magazine / new media journalist? [UK based]

CareerFilter: Should I become a magazine / new media journalist? [UK based] - LONG POST WARNING! [more inside]
posted by dcbarker on Feb 7, 2007 - 10 answers

Should Ulysses make me switch to mac ?

Ulysses or Copywrite enough to switch to Mac ? Oh wait ! It looks like there's [more inside]
posted by Baud on Feb 6, 2007 - 10 answers

White scum on subway walls?

What is the white scum that builds up on tunnel walls? [more inside]
posted by crookedneighbor on Feb 2, 2007 - 5 answers

Two jobs, one writer.

Two competing companies want me to work for them. How do I negotiate this to my advantage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 1, 2007 - 10 answers

Touchy Writing Problem

Writers and journalists please respond: I'm concerned about the anonymity of a subject in my writing. The obvious idea is to change names, however... [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Jan 30, 2007 - 16 answers

Qs to ask your own self?

What are some good questions to ask your self in the interests of fostering self-insight? [more inside]
posted by mjao on Jan 28, 2007 - 24 answers

How to Write Interesting Computer Science

I need help in learning how to write. Specifically, technical writing in the area of computer science. Most specifically, paper writing. [more inside]
posted by gadha on Jan 25, 2007 - 15 answers

I do not see why we should have the disadvantages of being the gentleman while they have all the advantages of being the cad.

This spring I'll be teaching a workshop on memos that changed the world. Help me think of some. [more inside]
posted by josh on Jan 24, 2007 - 35 answers

Who writes cover blurbs?

Who writes the back-cover blurbs (teasers) for books? [more inside]
posted by Rubber Soul on Jan 24, 2007 - 31 answers

Writing and the Revision Process

I'm looking for anecdotes, or in-depth quotes, from writers about the process of rewriting/revision. Specifically, the difficulty or dedication some writers to the process. I'm aware of a few of the more popular maxims (i.e. Allow yourself to write a bad first draft, etc).
posted by Gnostic Novelist on Jan 23, 2007 - 20 answers

Breathe! Damn you, breathe!

How can I revive a dead novel? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse on Jan 22, 2007 - 19 answers


What activities can I suggest during a workshop on designing awesome creative writing assignments for overworked ESL teachers to use in class? (In Indonesia?) (With learners across many levels?) (For little/no money?) (Without Powerpoint?) [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Jan 18, 2007 - 5 answers

Writer's block :(

I am having problem writing more than 6 lines at a time. Any pointers: is it writing style, the pen, or something wrong with my wrist? [more inside]
posted by raheel on Jan 14, 2007 - 12 answers

Writers Workshop Experiences?

I’m considering attending a two-week live in writers workshop, but I have no real idea what to expect. Before I take the plunge and submit my application, I’d love to hear from others who have attended such things – good times? Too much chatter, not enough writing? [more inside]
posted by korej on Jan 11, 2007 - 7 answers

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