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Books on writing a memoir, with extra credit: not your own

Books on writing a memoir, with extra credit: not your own [more inside]
posted by kandinski on Jun 5, 2012 - 3 answers

 

How to transition from EA to editor?

I'd like a career transition from an Assistant to copy-editor/editor. What steps can I take while holding this job to help me prepare to be competitive for the new type of job? [more inside]
posted by jymelyne on Jun 5, 2012 - 9 answers

Mythology lovers, I'm looking at you

Please tell me about mythical creatures, particularly humanoid ones, besides vampires, and werewolves. My protagonist needs some origins. [more inside]
posted by goosechasing on Jun 5, 2012 - 24 answers

Getting lost in translation

Can I be a good friend AND a good coauthor/cotranslater? [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish on Jun 4, 2012 - 12 answers

Getting paid for writing?

Should I expect to get paid for the writing I do for newspapers and periodicals? [more inside]
posted by ranglin on Jun 3, 2012 - 45 answers

What if it all falls apart?

Freelance freakout. Help? [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman on Jun 1, 2012 - 11 answers

I simply KANT write my thesis...help me?

I need advice on how to finish this master's thesis that is consuming me with guilt, anxiety and helplessness [more inside]
posted by zinful on Jun 1, 2012 - 25 answers

Serially posted historical journals?

Tomorrow, Pepys' Diary, which I've been following as it's been posted serially for the better part of a decade, will post its last entry. Are there any similar serially posted historical diaries that I can I follow in its absence? [more inside]
posted by sciapod on May 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Technically speaking, the modern zipper wasn't actually invented until . . .

I would like to experiment with writing historical fiction. Are there any resources that describe best practices for this genre? Do you have any experience/recommendations/advice? [more inside]
posted by Think_Long on May 30, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me give my writers their due!

How do I ensure that the people who are contributing content to my site are getting enough credit? [more inside]
posted by thatbrunette on May 30, 2012 - 1 answer

What sort of wild technology do you need to entangle particles?

I need to know what sort of equipment one uses to "entangle" particles. Where would I find this sort of information? [more inside]
posted by AdamCSnider on May 28, 2012 - 4 answers

Will blog for free

Approaching a local small business with an offer to write their blog for free: is this a good idea? If so, how to do it? I'm looking to gain some freelance writing experience and thought this might be the way. [more inside]
posted by indognito on May 24, 2012 - 10 answers

Your goose is cooked son

PlotFilter: I'm researching heat waves in the 1970s (with the sweet spot being between 1972-1976) that would have led to fatalities in the Washington, DC area. [more inside]
posted by ilikecookies on May 21, 2012 - 8 answers

help me become a better potential employee.

How can I make myself employable / find a job in any writing or editing fields, with a BA and MFA? (in the Atlanta area, if it helps.) Snowflakey details abound. [more inside]
posted by adrianna aria on May 19, 2012 - 9 answers

Should I include this in my online freelance clips even if the editing is not up to my standards?

I'm new to freelance writing online. What do I do if a website publishing my work (through a middle-man content network who pays me) edits/adds to my writing in a way that I feel detracts from the quality of the work? I only have 4 published clips so far; should I include a link to this website when clips are requested by potential employers? [more inside]
posted by dahliachewswell on May 16, 2012 - 7 answers

Legal Writing and Advocacy

Hi , I was wondering if any mefiers could help advise me on potentially choosing a certain module for my llb (undergraduate law) option. I was thinking of choosing the legal writing and advocacy option, but I am not sure. Has anyone any idea of what is usually expected in a module such as this? It strikes me as an option very similar that provided in American law schools. How are these usually assessed? The naive bone in me is entertaining the prospect of a slightly less harsh marking criteria compared to the substantive core modules I shall be studying as well; but I could be wrong. My course book mentions the break down of the module as follows: Legal Writing and Advocacy: - Reflective Learning Journal (40%) - Response to Consultation Document (30%) - Oral Presentation 1 - (15%) - Oral Presentation 2 - (15%) [more inside]
posted by thespiritroom on May 16, 2012 - 2 answers

Sources explaining why you shouldn't put a comma after the year when a date is used as an adjective?

Sources explaining why you shouldn't put a comma after the year when a date is used as an adjective? [more inside]
posted by flod logic on May 16, 2012 - 18 answers

Make me less of an academic island!

I'm a PhD student, and I'd like to do more academic networking over email. How does this work, and what should the emails sound like? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2012 - 14 answers

Work eight hours a day for ~$24 an hour, or two hours a day for ~$120 an hour...

Should I quit my job now that I am making more money as a self-published author? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 14, 2012 - 27 answers

Writer seeks readers: possible LTR

Tell me stories of people finding unusual routes to getting their books to readers. I have written a book and would love to hear about people who found readers through more DIY channels. Not interested so much in how to self-publish, as in hearing stories to help me find the next step for my creation. [more inside]
posted by bobbyno on May 13, 2012 - 20 answers

I moved. The cheese stayed where it was. Now it doesn't return my calls.

What should I do instead of online journalism? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 9, 2012 - 6 answers

How to bill for marketing / copywriting

How should I bill a client for freelance writing of marketing copy? [more inside]
posted by monkeystronghold on May 8, 2012 - 8 answers

Projects like devilbunnies...but less insufferable, y'know?

Are there any current shared-mythos writing projects structurally similar to alt.devilbunnies? Think the evolving Cthulhu Mythos, if those guys were working relatively quickly via email and had a really good FAQ.
posted by waxbanks on May 8, 2012 - 5 answers

I haven't an Inklings

Where can I find some hapless slob (of the discerning, lettered variety) upon whom to foist my amateur fiction writing for the purpose of obtaining constructive feedback? [more inside]
posted by Trespassers William on May 4, 2012 - 15 answers

How can I take baby steps toward writing for tech publications?

How can I take baby steps toward writing for tech publications? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on May 3, 2012 - 7 answers

Solid Gold

Radio, radio filter. I want to learn about the history of radio programming formats. [more inside]
posted by Buffaload on Apr 30, 2012 - 4 answers

Affordable Human Transcription Service Recommendations, Please

What is the best transcription service (humans, not software) for use by a small business person? [more inside]
posted by abbyladybug on Apr 27, 2012 - 4 answers

One would think that I could figure this out if I'd decided on this field, huh?

Can MeFi help me tweak my résumé for a career change into publishing and editing? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Apr 27, 2012 - 13 answers

We're gonna write! Cite! And write again!

Help me write a research paper all at once by providing me with the ultimate late-night write-a-thon soundtrack. Pop/Dance/Electronica edition, specifications within. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Apr 24, 2012 - 29 answers

how to write my introduction?

Advice for writing introduction (and conclusion) for humanities PhD dissertation? [more inside]
posted by aunt_winnifred on Apr 24, 2012 - 7 answers

It's my problem, not there's...

How do I proofread my own work more thoroughly? [more inside]
posted by pantarei70 on Apr 23, 2012 - 29 answers

Are question marks necessary.

Are question marks necessary. [more inside]
posted by man down under on Apr 17, 2012 - 37 answers

How different is different?

English language friends: Why do we use the word “different” when it doesn’t appear to be necessary? [more inside]
posted by bryon on Apr 17, 2012 - 18 answers

Stories of abuse

Looking for good short stories or essays about abusive relationships [more inside]
posted by princeoftheair on Apr 16, 2012 - 9 answers

How has technology influenced the arts?

Can you recommend historical examples of technology influencing the creative process? [more inside]
posted by brother on Apr 16, 2012 - 16 answers

Should I be paid for the work I produced in this interview?

I recently attended a job interview which included a copywriting test - I was given some facts about an upcoming event and asked to write a press release. I did not get the job, however, the press release was released exactly as I wrote it (without my byline) and was picked up by a small local news blog and a local religious newspaper, as well as being used in the organisation's internal newsletter. The headline I wrote was also tweeted with a link to the event info on the organisation's website. [more inside]
posted by cilantro on Apr 15, 2012 - 26 answers

Maybe something about curtains? Or fieldstone?

Can you find this essay on what writing is like? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Apr 13, 2012 - 2 answers

cover letter or not?

Should I include a cover letter when submitting a story to a literary magazine? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Apr 11, 2012 - 7 answers

How to write about real people

In writing about my experiences as a hospice volunteer, I am wondering what is both my legal and ethical responsibility in protecting the identity of the patients and their families. [more inside]
posted by nanook on Apr 10, 2012 - 7 answers

Just between me and a million of my closest friends

Is there often public and legal backlash against authors who write confessional stories? How well do audiences typically receive confessional stories? [more inside]
posted by Knigel on Apr 7, 2012 - 9 answers

Simplest way to back up my book?

I'm writing a book on my iMac using Office (Word) 2004. I've written books using a computer before, but it's more complicated now and I'm still a Luddite. Please help me back it up! Here's the situation: [more inside]
posted by fivesavagepalms on Apr 7, 2012 - 20 answers

My moms want me to devote my life to writing. I'm 30 and want to explore life. How do I get them off my back?

My moms want me to devote my life to writing. I'm 30 and want to explore life. How do I get them off my back? [more inside]
posted by tamagogirl on Apr 6, 2012 - 31 answers

Regaining first authorship on my research work

Can I regain my lost rightful first authorship of a research paper? [more inside]
posted by inbetweener on Apr 6, 2012 - 24 answers

Online writing forums and communities?

Looking for online fiction, non-fiction and creative writing communities and forums of all kinds. [more inside]
posted by cilantro on Apr 4, 2012 - 5 answers

horse-racing

tell me about great horses, racing and good writers [more inside]
posted by ebesan on Apr 4, 2012 - 16 answers

What is the Folk Web?

I'm looking for 'Folk' Web Cultures. I am thinking of the recent take-down of Geocities, which seemed to refresh people's love of the naff, kitsch aesthetic it was famous for, as a prime example. What are some other folk cultures still lingering in the dark corners of the web? [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Apr 4, 2012 - 11 answers

Stuck In between a Chorus and a Hard Place!

Im writing a song right now on my acoustic guitar, my first song, and I'm a little stuck, I've got some good chord progressions, I know my key (C) I just dont know where to go from there [more inside]
posted by sizzil34 on Apr 3, 2012 - 6 answers

Creative Mac-type desperate to become productive drone

Am about to buy crappy (but shiny refurbished) Lenovo laptop for my writer bro. Because he's been wanting to devote a single alienatingly bare-bones machine to ONLY word processing, rather than continuing (and failing) to get stuff done on the distractingly multitasking Mac he currently has. (He uses Scrivener and occasionally Open Office rather than MS Word.) Are crappy laptops able to handle super-heavy word-processing? [more inside]
posted by taramosalata on Apr 2, 2012 - 17 answers

Where can I find a Chicago books/writing meetup?

I like talking about books and writing, mostly literary fiction and genre fiction with a slant toward slipstream-style SF. Where can I find a group in Chicago to meet people like me? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Mar 30, 2012 - 2 answers

Should I try to write a novel? If so, what do I do next?

I am very, very casually toying with the idea of writing an urban fantasy style novel. [more inside]
posted by Quincy on Mar 28, 2012 - 20 answers

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