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Software skills for aspiring technical writer

How do I know I’ve taught myself enough technical writing software (number of programs and my abilities therein) for potential employers to take me seriously? [more inside]
posted by glass.hourousha on Jul 23, 2014 - 6 answers

Technical Writing offshoring and job security

Technical writers: please share your experiences with me regarding offshoring and job security. I am considering technical writing as a career change and want to determine if it would be a good move to enter this field. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by glass.hourousha on Jun 10, 2014 - 6 answers

Writers' websites: easy platforms and good examples?

I'm looking for platforms for professional writers to build their own websites--like 4ormat, just not as image-focused--and working examples of such. [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Jun 4, 2014 - 11 answers

Objective: Obtain A Position Doing Something Not Spreadsheet Related

What should my writing/creative resume look like? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on May 15, 2014 - 2 answers

I am afraid to write.

I'm a writer who doesn't really write anything...help? [more inside]
posted by Cybria on Nov 21, 2013 - 31 answers

Ways To Help People in Need with Writing or Film Skills?

St. Louis friend trained as a writer and filmmaker wants to use his skills to help people in need/suffering. Does anyone in the area (the city, or St. Louis County) know of any volunteering options for him? He already has an office job, but career suggestions would be welcome, though I think volunteering is more of an immediate interest. National and local organizations anyone knows of in the area are welcome. Thanks!
posted by Locative on Nov 4, 2013 - 6 answers

How can I improve my writing?

My writing tends to be very brief, and it's difficult for me to write long essays that are good. Also, I would like to start writing literary and cultural critiques and would like MeFites' advice. [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Sep 28, 2013 - 11 answers

Help me find a Junot Diaz quotation about writing and politics.

I'm looking for a Junot Diaz quotation about writing and politics, and google is failing me. I saw it in the last year or two in the form of a tumblr-type image, though it was not this one about Elvish. It went something like this:
Interview question: How do you make sure your writing has good politics?
Diaz: When you grow up in a society that is as repressive as ours, that bad politics is going to come out in your writing no matter what. I have to struggle constantly to examine my writing and make sure I agree with the politics and get misogynistic or otherwise reactionary political content scrubbed out of it.
The interview question may or may not have been present. I of course can't phrase Diaz's response as eloquently as he did.
posted by HeroZero on Sep 15, 2013 - 2 answers

Name this Soviet writer

Can you name this Soviet writer? [more inside]
posted by WalkingAround on Aug 9, 2013 - 4 answers

Freelance advertising rate for creatives in NYC?

What should my day rate be for copywriting at a major ad agency in New York City? [more inside]
posted by annabellee on Jul 29, 2013 - 5 answers

Which Selling Platform is Best?

I am working on a list since 2004 that I think would be salable. It's publicly available contact information for radio, TV, magazines, syndicates, newspapers, book publishers and agents. I'm a freelancer and I originally started it because I wanted to be able to reach these sources to interest them in my content. But I realized it could be a product. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Jun 27, 2013 - 4 answers

Why Write for x Hours Every Day? What Then?

A number of sources suggest that writers write for x number of minutes a day. I wrote for 30min/day for 2 months, but stopped because I could not determine a benefit. In addition, I was (and remain) totally unclear on what one is supposed to do with the writing afterward: read it (if yes, soon after writing, or later)? Edit it (if yes, again, soon after writing, or later)? And for what purposes? I hope some established writers can direct me in the proper use of this tool, or debunk it in favor of another method. If it helps, I am writing creative non-fiction, travel narrative, etc.
posted by derward on Jun 24, 2013 - 24 answers

Literary novel with trailers joined in a circle

Identify this book. Literary novel, probably a first novel, published between 1994 and 1997, written by a guy who had taught writing at Harvard. The only thing I remember in it is an obsessive character in the desert who has welded multiple trailers or mobile homes in a circle so he can obsessively walk in circles inside them. [more inside]
posted by Unified Theory on May 13, 2013 - 7 answers

Young writer connected with HTMLGiant and made funny xtranormal videos?

I forgot the name of this young author I like. He writes weird, short fiction and had a crazy LiveJournal page (or something outdated like that). I think he's connected with HTMLGiant or some similar hip online literary site. [more inside]
posted by jng on Dec 7, 2012 - 5 answers

Book Reviews All The Way Down

"Book review" typically refers to the review of a single book. Is there a term for a single article that reviews the collective works of an author?
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Nov 30, 2012 - 13 answers

Technical writing for a physicist?

I might be hired as a technical writer soon. I'm not sure this would be the right job for me. I need some advice. [more inside]
posted by Fillus on Oct 24, 2012 - 9 answers

Where can I find a writer to help create a band bio?

Where can I find a writer to help create a band bio? [more inside]
posted by markblasco on Sep 13, 2012 - 6 answers

How do you manage your time as a freelance worker?

How do you manage your time and priorities as work ebbs and flows during your life as a freelancer? What do you do with your days between big jobs? What portion of your time is spent on paying work, managing your business (taxes, bills, sending invoices, etc.), personal/professional development, trying to find more work, networking, etc.? Do you deal with deluges and droughts, or is your work more steady and consistent, and how much control do you have about this situation? What do you do during lulls? How long did it take you to become comfortable with your workload after you became a freelancer? [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on Sep 10, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me find myself, all suggestions are greatly appreciated.

I am lost, I am interested in being a positive influence to other people by making them laugh or helping them out with life problems. Need some suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Trinergy on Jun 19, 2012 - 15 answers

Buying a Typewriter with history

I would like to buy a semi-famous typewriter. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on May 20, 2012 - 5 answers

Raise Your Hand if You're Insured

How do artists and writers in Los Angeles get health insurance? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 on Apr 4, 2012 - 12 answers

How to Survive a Bear Attack and Selling Typewriters, in Literature

Help me find two pieces of literature I read about thirty years ago, one a short story, the other a poem. [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Mar 9, 2012 - 9 answers

How do you track & use ideas from your previous sketch books, journals & diaries?

For those that keep a journal/diary/sketch book: When you start a new book, how do you continue to track and use the good ideas and projects in your old books that you'd like to pursue? [more inside]
posted by ooklah on Jan 16, 2012 - 9 answers

What was this article about drug use?

I read a passage about a writer's drug use, and the drug use of his friends. The gist was "we wanted the party to go on too long, but the price was too high" and it had a list of people and what had happened to them (dead, liver disease, etc.). It was very touching. It might have been Kerouac. Does this ring any bells for anyone?
posted by teraspawn on Nov 14, 2011 - 7 answers

Turn two hyphens -- into M dash – and three periods ... into ellipsis … in Firefox?

Firefox / WIN7: I type in two hyphens IE -- and word processor (LibreOffice Writer) changes them into M dash IE – which is what I would love to see happen in Firefox. Alternately, if this cannot be done, is there a simple way to do this with some sort of macro on my puter? Plus, hey, while we're here, can we turn three periods IE ... into an ellipsis IE … ? (Hewlett Packard HP 630 laptop, if it matters.) [more inside]
posted by dancestoblue on Nov 6, 2011 - 9 answers

Do Adderall Make Us Write Bad?

Do people write differently when they're on Adderall? Do you write differently when you're taking Adderall? I am interested primarily in those taking it as directed rather than using it for studying, but I'm interested in any perspective. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Nov 4, 2011 - 24 answers

Help this freelance writer in Asia figure out his next career move!

I’m a writer, doing OK in a small pond, but I’m looking for a bigger pond to swim in. Help me figure out my next career move. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 3, 2011 - 3 answers

How to pitch a Twitter profile as a sitcom?

How do I pitch my comedy Twitter feed as a TV show? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2011 - 5 answers

Help an editor keep their cool

I've been asked to type up and edit a work of fiction for a friend / relative / neighbor, and it's driving me nuts. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Sep 16, 2011 - 27 answers

How to develop a writing schedule without sacrificing something important to me

How do I successfully develop a morning writing routine without giving up my night owl lifestyle? Is this even feasible? [more inside]
posted by christopherious on Sep 1, 2011 - 9 answers

Writer for Details Magazine in the 90's? *Not* Anka Radakovich

Who was the "gay writer" for Details Magazine in the 90's? [more inside]
posted by fjom on Aug 10, 2011 - 5 answers

So Based On No Information, Can You Find It?

I am searching for a blog written around 2000 by a woman named Annie. Very, very few details inside. [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Aug 3, 2011 - 8 answers

Please suggest some good oral histories

What are the best oral histories to read? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jun 27, 2011 - 18 answers

What are the pros and cons of trying to become an English professor in Toronto for a fiction writer (and how feasible is it)?

What are the pros and cons of trying to become an English professor in Toronto for a fiction writer (and how feasible is it)? [more inside]
posted by skwt on Jun 20, 2011 - 18 answers

Books re: the artist's journey

Please suggest some older (or not) books/films/things that talk about the idea that you're just going to be bad for a long time before you're really successful at, or really master something (particularly an artistic pursuit). [more inside]
posted by Glinn on Jun 9, 2011 - 7 answers

So I want to be a social studies textbook editor...

A few years ago I landed on this idea of what I think may really be the perfect fun-and-interesting job for me: a textbook editor. But even more so with social studies content. How do I do it? [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on May 12, 2011 - 4 answers

Help me get my refund!

Hoped to have my resume written by a resume writer but after a month--and still no resume--I just want a refund. Contacted writer a week ago but still no refund...not even a response. [more inside]
posted by AngryTypingGuy on May 9, 2011 - 9 answers

It has a name.

What is my new job title for a very broad writing/editing position within a corporate team? [more inside]
posted by mochapickle on Apr 28, 2011 - 12 answers

Building a website for a professional writer

[WebdesignFilter]: Building a website for a professional writer and film critic. Just articles and stories, as Victorian as possible. Got a prototype ready and need feedback. [more inside]
posted by yoHighness on Apr 21, 2011 - 4 answers

NaNoWri...never.

Where can I find a ghost writer for a fiction(novel)? [more inside]
posted by lettuchi on Mar 24, 2011 - 9 answers

Why doesn't google help with the REALLY important stuff?

Thanks to some fabulous advice here, I have been invited to apply for a staff writer position. Woo-hoo! But they want to know my rate per 100 words. How do I figure that out? [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 on Feb 10, 2011 - 6 answers

An interesting story about a nobody

Writer anecdote filter. Who was the writer in this little story? [more inside]
posted by LonnieK on Feb 2, 2011 - 7 answers

I do this anyway, now what?

I am constantly coming up with short stories in my head. I sometimes write down the best ideas (in long hand) in a series of notebooks, or on the back of an index card, or even in the margin of something else I should be reading. I usually write the framework, plus a few intro paragraphs and descriptive diagrams if necessary and then occasionally come back to it with minor changes weeks and months later. Is this a thing, and should I pursue it as something more than a hobby I share with no one? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Jan 21, 2011 - 11 answers

How do I file away my published work in magazines?

Writers for magazines: how do you file your published work? [more inside]
posted by micketymoc on Dec 12, 2010 - 9 answers

Looking for magazines that publish enthralling nonfiction

Looking for new magazines to read or subscribe to that publish enthralling nonfiction. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Nov 9, 2010 - 17 answers

What are the best articles ever published by Harper's magazine?

What are your favorite articles in the index of Harper's magazine? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Oct 14, 2010 - 16 answers

How did Roman Polanski direct scenes shot in America in Ghost Writer

In what sense was Roman Polanski the director of "Ghost Writer"? I see in his wikipedia article that he has been unable to visit many countries because he would be deported to America to face rape charges. I just watched the movie and was clear to me that a lot of stuff was shot in America; the IMDB indeed lists Germany and the UK as locations, but also Massachusetts. How did he direct those scenes from across the ocean? And..when was this all shot? Apparently Polanski had been under house arrest in Switzerland in 2009. Maybe I just don't totally grok the job of a director, but I don't see how he could have directed the scenes in America. Nobody else is listed on the credits as a director. Was there a Ghost director involved?
posted by Osmanthus on Aug 10, 2010 - 8 answers

Writer wiki link

I recently saw a reference to a wiki dedicated solely to obscure writers and published authors. I'm unable to relocate the reference or find the URL, despite having searched for hours. Is anyone familiar with this wiki?
posted by Lucy2Times on Aug 6, 2010 - 5 answers

A professional look, without a lot of professional stuff

Website filter: how to design one for a writer or other professional who doesn't have a lot to show off? [more inside]
posted by blazingunicorn on Jun 15, 2010 - 4 answers

What happens to a dream derailed?

My lifelong dream and driving force has turned into a source of bitterness and disappointment for me. Not sure what happened, how to fix it, or if I should even bother. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 3, 2010 - 25 answers

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