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What other languages have easy to learn written forms?

What are some languages that are easy to learn to read/write without actually knowing the language? Obviously to an English speaker French and Spanish would be easy to read and write because we mostly use the same alphabet, so I'd like to stay away from languages that use that system. [more inside]
posted by simplethings on May 28, 2013 - 29 answers

 

Singing the Job Stress Blues

My job uses write ups for everything—for typos, for bad customer service, for being late, for heavy stuff, for silly stuff that doesn’t matter. Literally everything. How do I either learn to deal with this or figure out how to professionally approach it with the higher-ups in my company? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 20, 2013 - 11 answers

Film noir-ish writing spots in Manhattan?

I'm looking for film noir-ish locations in Manhattan to sit down and write! [more inside]
posted by dr handsome on Aug 18, 2012 - 6 answers

Home based business tax write offs when you don't own the home

Can you write off renovations to your home on your taxes for a home based business if you don't own or rent the residence? [more inside]
posted by blubutterfly on Apr 29, 2012 - 1 answer

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

I want a semi-private cabin on a lake with mountains in eastern Europe. Where do I go?

I want a semi-private cabin on a lake with mountains in eastern Europe. Where do I go? [more inside]
posted by Cwell on Mar 27, 2012 - 6 answers

Writing and publishing ebook advice needed

I'm writing a technical book - and intending to self publish, mostly electronically. OSX - Best of class software? For writing? For publishing? Other deeper writing and self publishing questions inside! [more inside]
posted by filmgeek on Aug 15, 2011 - 6 answers

I'm drawing a blank.

I seem to have volunteered to write a regular newspaper column on the Arts in my local community. I have a mentor who will find topics for me and introduce me to the right people. What I need now is resources / examples and anything that I might not have thought to ask about (including pitching to the paper).
posted by b33j on Jul 22, 2011 - 3 answers

Toronto place to read/write

A Toronto version of this question: NYC Place to Write. [more inside]
posted by Paquda on Jul 5, 2011 - 8 answers

How to improve my writing?

Do you know of a free website, or good book, that will help me write better? [more inside]
posted by learninguntilidie on Apr 15, 2011 - 15 answers

Does Dragon Dictate or a digital voice recorder/transcription software work well with the writing process?

Any luck with Dragon Dictate for the Mac, Dragon for the Ipad, and/or software that can digitally transcribe from a digital voice recorder (olympus DS-5000? [more inside]
posted by modoriculous on Dec 29, 2010 - 3 answers

Can I turn this successful unpaid work into paid work?

Something I wrote is being published (with my permission, but unpaid), yet again. How do I turn this knack for writing in a conversational style into paid work? [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 on Dec 7, 2010 - 12 answers

Humor, it does a body good

Please help me come up with short, funny things to write on a half-pint carton of milk. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 5, 2010 - 18 answers

How do I write off my mileage?

Can I write off the extra driving I do for my job? If so, how do I go about doing this? [more inside]
posted by rossination on Oct 20, 2010 - 6 answers

Site to graph out strings and characters

I'm looking for a site that will take a string of characters, like a name, and provide an equation that, when mathematically graphed out, draw out that string of characters on the graph.
posted by duende on Sep 5, 2010 - 4 answers

What makes you cry?

I would like the ability to write an essay or piece of fiction that can make many readers cry. [more inside]
posted by serazin on Jul 23, 2010 - 50 answers

Striking places to write in LA County

What places in Los Angeles County fit the following criteria: 1) striking indoor design or architecture, 2) open to the public, and 3) it wouldn't be unusual or prohibited for someone to go sit there and write for a few hours? [more inside]
posted by Nattie on Jul 21, 2010 - 12 answers

Where are the great coffee/tea shops in Metrowest Massachusetts?

Massachusetts Burbs Filter: I live in the Metro-west area of Massachusetts (Hopedale, Milford, Medway, Bellingham), where are the great coffee shops and places for chilling out and doing some writing or just relaxing with a cup of tea and a good book? [more inside]
posted by modoriculous on Jun 17, 2010 - 1 answer

Can I be a writer/lawyer?

On-the-side writing opportunities? That are paid? I'm a lawyer working in global health. My interests are wide-ranging. [more inside]
posted by ihavepromisestokeep on May 12, 2010 - 12 answers

I'm not a playwright; how do I write a play and get it performed?

What's the best way for a writer who's not involved in his/her local theater scene to get a play performed on the stage? [more inside]
posted by cirripede on Feb 23, 2010 - 10 answers

Someplace to read, write, work alone at night in NYC

Someplace to read, write, relax alone at night in NYC. [more inside]
posted by laptolain on Nov 7, 2009 - 6 answers

How to professionally manage freelance writing about my industry?

How do I successfully do freelance writing (my night job) about my industry (my day job)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 10, 2009 - 3 answers

Taking my files back to the future?

How can I transfer files from my emulated Macintosh Plus? [more inside]
posted by ooklala on Nov 28, 2008 - 1 answer

Why am substituting one bird for another when I type?

I'm making a certain type of typo more and more frequently. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Sep 22, 2008 - 36 answers

Just the write place, DC

Anybody know some nice places to write in downtown DC? My qualifiers are electrical outlets, air-conditioning, metro-accessible, space to spread out, and a view. If I have to pay $10 for food or whatever, that could be worth it. [more inside]
posted by metajc on Jul 18, 2008 - 17 answers

How do I Scare You?

So I wanna write a horror novel. God knows where I start. How can I make it scary, as opposed to a soppy middle of the road thriller?
posted by bobbyone on Apr 19, 2008 - 30 answers

Writing your own letter of recommendation

How do you write a letter for recommendation for yourself? [more inside]
posted by ztdavis on Mar 10, 2008 - 10 answers

How do writers find their ideas?

I'm looking for book recommendations that deal with (fully or partially) methods writers use to find interesting, fresh subjects and ideas for stories. [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Mar 2, 2008 - 5 answers

the lost art of letter writing

Suppose one friend was to send another a letter by mail. What makes for an especially great letter? What elements make a letter newsy enough to be interesting, without seeming to be a catalog of fabulous adventures? What elements make a letter feel emotionally true and personal, without seeming to be the writer's self-important inner monologue? What elements best invite a response? What elements encourage a feeling of connection in the reader?
posted by xo on Feb 26, 2008 - 19 answers

Comedic writer wants a shot

How to get started writing comedically? [more inside]
posted by aleahey on Dec 19, 2007 - 9 answers

What book writing software exists for Max OSX?

What book writing software exists for Max OSX? [more inside]
posted by Chuck Cheeze on Nov 28, 2007 - 6 answers

How can I remove items from Wordpress's "Write" SubPanel?

I need to customise Wordpress's "Write" SubPanel to remove all of the advanced options. [more inside]
posted by TheDonF on Nov 14, 2007 - 7 answers

Getting a cookbook published.

I want to publish a cookbook and need some advice. [more inside]
posted by magikker on Feb 27, 2007 - 15 answers

contacting elected officials

Is there an online tool that simplifies writing similar letters to each of one's elected officials? [more inside]
posted by chefscotticus on Jul 30, 2006 - 3 answers

How to write my congressperson?

What is the most effective way of influencing my senator or representative? [more inside]
posted by justkevin on Jul 30, 2006 - 23 answers

Podcasts for Writers

Can any of you recommend any good podcasts for writers? I'm thinking specifically for freelance writers, creative writing, magazine writers, editors, etc. [more inside]
posted by clairezulkey on Jul 6, 2006 - 7 answers

How do I write a thesis?

I find out last night that I have 18 months to complete (read: start AND finish) my M.A. thesis in Media Studies. What do I write about and how do I do it? [more inside]
posted by delosic on Apr 1, 2006 - 10 answers

How to teach a boy programming skills?

SW-Developer was asked by 8-yrs old boy how to write a computer program... [more inside]
posted by germanguy on Jan 13, 2006 - 12 answers

Write anywhere?

November is National Novel Writing Month, and I've got 50,000 words to write in 28 days. Isn't there a free web app that would allow me to write anywhere, without having to upload/download any text docs, but simply write/edit online and save changes?
posted by icetaco on Nov 2, 2005 - 12 answers

whatchamacallits - where can I get one?

I had one when I was a kid, and I want one again. What do you call the tablet/thingy where you write or draw on a piece of plastic which is atop a waxy piece of cardboard, and when you don't what you've drawn or written anymore, you can peel the plastic up and make the thing you wrote/drew disappear? It came with a plastic writing implement. Does anyone make a smallish version that I can use at my desk?
posted by iconomy on Mar 16, 2005 - 26 answers

Help for writers

How do you write? Where do you get your ideas from? How do you ensure productivity and creativity in writing and avoiding the dreaded block? How do you further your writing, develop it, polish it, learn, and grow? (More inside) [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Nov 19, 2004 - 21 answers

Help me understand why people write blogs and journals.

Why do people write blogs and/or journals? Is it a fad? When will it end? Non-rhetorical, more inside. [more inside]
posted by daver on Apr 30, 2004 - 25 answers

DVD-RW

What are the practical uses of a DVD-RW drive? [MI] [more inside]
posted by Seth on Jan 16, 2004 - 19 answers

Help me improve my writing

My writing has gone to hell lately. Fiction, documentation, casual correspondence - it all looks like, uh, bad and stuff. And it's just getting worse as I crank out junk after junk. Any advice on how I can sharpen myself up, and get back on track?
posted by majcher on Jan 5, 2004 - 21 answers

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