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Self- sabotage: A beast with two heads

For the past few years, I've had to deal with what seems like procrastination's more stubborn cousin. It's not just a tendency to put things off- it feels like a visceral, physically-manifested resistance to doing things that should involve no forethought in terms of effort whatsoever, or that do, but that would only serve to help me better myself if I managed to get them done. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Sep 18, 2014 - 18 answers

I'm done asking this but.... Hope me with jobs?

The situation that prompted one of my first questions on AskMe is unfortunately still relevant. Logistics have improved, my depression is....eh. I'm 25 now and have been out of undergrad for over a year. This is my resume . Ignore the crappy formatting, but... [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Aug 30, 2014 - 11 answers

Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Mexico?

I want to move to make a permanent move to Mexico. How do I make this happen? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 25, 2014 - 18 answers

Help me find ways to make more money

I am unable to work because of disability. I collect SSDI and while I get food stamps, I only get $17/month, which doesn't go very far. Since I went on SSDI in 2010, I've tried various ways to supplement my income, but I have yet to come up with anything reliable. Budgeting is not the problem; there simply isn't enough money. Plus, it would be nice to improve my quality of life even a little bit. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Jun 1, 2014 - 20 answers

Ideas for earning money to complement creative/freelance projects?

Any ideas to help myself continue to be a wandering freelancer while increasing my income and expanding job opportunities? [more inside]
posted by bearette on May 1, 2014 - 8 answers

I want to move my career in a different direction.

I graduated with an M.A. in English and through luck, contracting, and family connections, came to work in nuclear power. My administrative role has changed to field work. I prefer office work, especially writing reports etc. My area in nuclear is very specialized, and due to downsizing in the industry, I feel a real need to get familiar with my prospects for other jobs and diversify my skills. However, I have no idea how to begin, research being one of my weak points. Long explanation + details inside. [more inside]
posted by glass.hourousha on Apr 3, 2014 - 7 answers

As a teacher, can I refer students to my professional business?

I teach writing to adults. When they ask me to edit something that's not for class (say, for their professional work), can I refer them to my private writing/editing business, even if they're currently enrolled in my class? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Aug 12, 2013 - 5 answers

Getting Your Creative Motivation Back After A Long Dry Spell?

I went on a long, long break form my creative career cause I was feeling burnt out due to some failures and now I can't seem to get back into it, possibly because I no longer have a financial incentive to do so. How can I fix this? Warning: Long, super privileged person problems. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2013 - 18 answers

How can I find consistent freelance copywriting work for 5 cents a word?

I'd like to get more into freelance copywriting. It's something I can do from home, and I'm pretty good at it. I have a money and time goal for it. Money: 5 cents a word Time: 15 hours a week Total: About $1,500 a month. I'm on Textbroker, but they rarely pay more than 1.5 cents a word. I'm open to pay-by-project too, if they're consistent. How would I go about finding regular clients/websites that could help me reach my goal?
posted by tuberose on Feb 27, 2013 - 3 answers

How do I write a blog that's professional and personal?

I work in communications and would like to start a blog that I could link to from Twitter and LinkedIn. But I'd also like to write about my personal life. How do I thread this needle? [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Jan 8, 2013 - 8 answers

Love writing but...

I've always had communications-related jobs, but they never seem to be the right fit. I'm a great writer (although I have a love/hate relationship with writing), but I also helping enjoy helping people and interacting with people, etc., and writing is a pretty solitary job. (Well, PR isn't, but that's one area I want to stay away from, as well as fundraising). Have any other writer-types who are like me found a solution? (Oh, and I don't want to take on grad-school loans right now.)
posted by trillian on Dec 14, 2012 - 15 answers

What are non-clinical, location-independent jobs that advance (or could advance) the cause of reproductive health?

What are non-clinical, location-independent jobs that advance (or could advance) the cause of reproductive health? How do you get the skills for those jobs? Do they exist? [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs on Oct 19, 2012 - 2 answers

Help me finish a PhD in 6 weeks

Help me to make a great leap forward in my PhD in the next six weeks. I am in the last year of my PhD (philosophy) so the thesis has to be finished by December, however, I am also full time university lecturer, so when the term starts my ability to write every day is drastically compromised. By selling part of my soul I negotiated almost complete freedom for the next six weeks and I want to use them to make massive progress with writing the thesis. I already have about 40,000 words written and I am hoping to write another 40,000 over the next 6 weeks. The challenge is to stick to the daily quota of 1,000 words, as some days it is possible, even fun, other days it is very very hard. [more inside]
posted by slimeline on Jul 31, 2012 - 23 answers

My supervisor has pointed out to me that I tend to take language very literally, and it's impeding my performance at my job. Help me rewire my brain!

My supervisor has pointed out to me that I tend to take language very literally, and it's impeding my performance at my job. Help me rewire my brain! [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount on Jun 21, 2012 - 33 answers

I know this all sounds rather vague

I want to find more freelance writing jobs, but I have no idea where to begin. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Jun 13, 2012 - 8 answers

What if it all falls apart?

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

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

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

I need help with my addiction to the backspace key.

Habitually editing while I write, want to try free-writing and getting it all out, having difficulty: can I temporarily disable my backspace key in Microsoft Word? [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita on Mar 8, 2012 - 22 answers

The Beginning of the Dark Ages

How can I adjust my work/life plans in the face of serious vision problems and recovery from surgery? (Details inside.) [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Dec 17, 2011 - 12 answers

the relationship between procrastination, perfectionism, and anxiety

I think I procrastinate on projects as a dysfunctional way to manage my anxiety about them. Can you help me manage that anxiety more productively? [more inside]
posted by colfax on Dec 8, 2011 - 8 answers

Using context to get more things done?

How important is context to getting work done? What are effective ways to manipulate context to get more done? [more inside]
posted by parudox on Sep 24, 2011 - 11 answers

What do real editors do, anyhow?

Help me be a better editor... for my wife. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 15, 2011 - 16 answers

All who wander are not lost. I hope.

I'm a depressed not-incredibly-recent college grad with less than a year's experience under my belt and I'm still clueless. More snowflake-y annoying first world problems inside. [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder on Jul 12, 2011 - 9 answers

Rate this thing that is a CV

Again with the screen-punching. [more inside]
posted by Fen on Mar 31, 2011 - 14 answers

Day in the life of a freelance writer?

Day in the life of a freelance writer? Details inside! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 24, 2011 - 22 answers

Rate this thing that is a cover letter

I have written a cover letter. I would like to know whether it makes recruiters jump for joy or punch the screen. [more inside]
posted by Fen on Mar 11, 2011 - 40 answers

How much do I charge as a writing consultant?

How much do writing consultants charge? [more inside]
posted by Ylajali on Feb 10, 2011 - 6 answers

following your bliss, writing mentor edition

Following your bliss, writing mentor edition -- how can positive experiences with mentoring and writing lead me to a career I'll love? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Oct 3, 2010 - 2 answers

Dream job for an aspiring actor who does not enjoy starving to death

"Does my dream job exist?" Or, "What are some good fallback jobs for an aspiring actor who does not enjoy starving to death?" [more inside]
posted by Wanderboy on Aug 16, 2010 - 24 answers

How can I make a living doing what I love?

How can I make a living doing what I love? My almost-50 birthday is this week. Several years ago I quit my job to start a new career. I still have little idea how to make money from what I want to do. I'd hate to go back to my former career, and I can't imagine who would hire a man nearing 50, who hasn't had a job in years... [more inside]
posted by ifnot on Aug 15, 2010 - 12 answers

GSA Contract...Help!

My boss has asked me to work on getting our company a contract with the U.S. government's General Services Administration (GSA). I have been doing some research and reading everything I can about it, but I think this may be too big of a job for just me. Does anyone have any experience with working on a contract like this or know of any good resources for help? Anything that any of you can offer would be great. Thanks!
posted by healthykindofsick on Aug 6, 2010 - 9 answers

What's reasonable compensation for web page copy writing?

Some casual web writing I've been doing for my brother and his friend has suddenly ballooned into something resembling full-time work as requests from various Phoenix-area businesses to re-write their web-page copy have come pouring in. How much should I expect in compensation? [more inside]
posted by Ylajali on May 31, 2010 - 2 answers

How do I get off journalism's sinking ship?

Get me out of journalism. Please. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 6, 2010 - 11 answers

Connect me with people who need academic editing.

Are there any websites that hook up editors with students willing to pay for paper-editing? [more inside]
posted by ollyolly on Mar 17, 2010 - 8 answers

I want to keep on learning...

In the past I have worked as a staff writer for a newspaper. The process of learning about something first-hand, then distilling it into everyday language was something that was totally enjoyable. It was so cool to be continually kinesthetically learning from "the horses mouth," so to speak. Print journalism has reduced its numbers drastically, and jobs are now few and far between. Are there any other vocations you can think of that would let someone actually go out in the field and talk to people and get their story then share it with others? How about jobs that let you learn all the time?
posted by srbrunson on Feb 23, 2010 - 20 answers

Can I learn to be a better writer?

How can I be a better writer? My value at work would increase if my ability to write formally improves. I'm an admin in the IT department and don't realy understand the technology or procedures that I have to write about. I think that part of the problem is that I am just not that great at communicating in general. I don't talk a lot, hate leaving vm's. And even writing an email can leave me frozen, constantly worrying saying the wrong thing and/or not being understood. [more inside]
posted by mokeydraws on Sep 23, 2009 - 17 answers

Books on cover letters geared to new college grads?

Books on cover letters and resumes geared to new college graduates? [more inside]
posted by cymru_j on Sep 10, 2009 - 3 answers

Can I blog about writer's block?

Should I blog about writer's block? What will my clients think? [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman on Aug 1, 2009 - 6 answers

How does one get into the business of writing stories for video games?

Tell me what I need to do, or which bums I need to kiss, to write a storyline for a video game. [more inside]
posted by metalheart on Jul 8, 2009 - 15 answers

Can you recommend articles on work or the workplace?

I am a community college English instructor, and I am working on structuring my Comp I class around the theme of work. Can anyone recommend some thoughtful articles, websites, books (easily excerpted), etc. about work or the workplace? Most of my students have limited reading comprehension skills, so I can’t use anything that is too specialized or advanced. I’m looking for articles on the level of Time or Newsweek. Thanks!
posted by alspeigh on Jul 3, 2009 - 23 answers

How/can I learn to write and think faster?

Can I learn how to write and think faster? Any tips you'd suggest? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 10, 2008 - 9 answers

Can I have my creative cake and eat it too?

Working writers: how do you carve out time for fiction? [more inside]
posted by mynameisluka on Sep 5, 2008 - 18 answers

Help me fuel my Starbucks addiction through freelancing!

What are some good sites to find short-term freelance writing/Internet gigs? Similar to this post, I'm looking for some temp work that will bring in a little supplemental income. [more inside]
posted by adverb on Aug 13, 2008 - 4 answers

Help me become a higher-output writer!

Academic writing filter: I am a painfully slow writer. How might I go about developing a composition process that's higher-output, requires less concentration, and is more revision-friendly? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Aug 8, 2008 - 13 answers

My book? Don't ask.

Last October I left a great full-time job, ostensibly to write a novel. Now it's a year later and, for a variety of reasons all having to do with me, there's no novel and chances are slim that there's going to be one. I'll have to go back to work eventually. When coworkers ask me how the book is going, what do I tell them to save the greatest amount of face? [more inside]
posted by Work to Live on Aug 7, 2008 - 24 answers

What should I do with my life?

20-something INTP, bored to death in his corporate gig, asks: What should I do with my life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 8, 2008 - 28 answers

Feeding the beast – on time

Journalists of Metafilter – hit me with your tips for fast filing. My job (as a reporter at a daily newspaper) has gone really well and I just got a promotion!!!! Hurrah! But soon I'm going to have to do a lot more work in a lot less time. So I need to file my copy much, much faster. [more inside]
posted by t0astie on Jan 13, 2008 - 12 answers

How can I improve the writing ability of the people I work with?

How can I improve the writing ability of the people I work with? [more inside]
posted by VeniceGlass on Aug 9, 2007 - 33 answers

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