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]
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]
I'm looking for film noir-ish locations in Manhattan to sit down and write! [more inside]
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]
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]
I want a semi-private cabin on a lake with mountains in eastern Europe. Where do I go? [more inside]
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]
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).
A Toronto version of this question: NYC Place to Write. [more inside]
Do you know of a free website, or good book, that will help me write better? [more inside]
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]
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]
Please help me come up with short, funny things to write on a half-pint carton of milk. [more inside]
Can I write off the extra driving I do for my job? If so, how do I go about doing this? [more inside]
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.
I would like the ability to write an essay or piece of fiction that can make many readers cry. [more inside]
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]
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]
On-the-side writing opportunities? That are paid? I'm a lawyer working in global health. My interests are wide-ranging. [more inside]
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]
Someplace to read, write, relax alone at night in NYC. [more inside]
How do I successfully do freelance writing (my night job) about my industry (my day job)? [more inside]
How can I transfer files from my emulated Macintosh Plus? [more inside]
I'm making a certain type of typo more and more frequently. Should I be worried? [more inside]
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]
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?
How do you write a letter for recommendation for yourself? [more inside]
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]
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?
How to get started writing comedically? [more inside]
What book writing software exists for Max OSX? [more inside]
I need to customise Wordpress's "Write" SubPanel to remove all of the advanced options. [more inside]
I want to publish a cookbook and need some advice. [more inside]
Is there an online tool that simplifies writing similar letters to each of one's elected officials? [more inside]
What is the most effective way of influencing my senator or representative? [more inside]
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]
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?
SW-Developer was asked by 8-yrs old boy how to write a computer program... [more inside]
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?
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?
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]
Why do people write blogs and/or journals? Is it a fad? When will it end? Non-rhetorical, more inside. [more inside]
What are the practical uses of a DVD-RW drive? [MI] [more inside]
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?