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MeFi Writers, Help Me With a Personal Writing Project

I'm taking next week off to do two things. The first is to develop some habits that are conducive to me writing continually, daily and with presentable results. The second is to actually have a product by the end of the week. I'm thinking one good and fairly polished short story. Please give me advice and ideas about how to accomplish this. Do you need a place to work that is for "writing only"? Do you have a daily routine? Did you have to develop self-discipline? Do you have rituals like meditation or having tea or writing by candle light? Do you listen to music? With an entire week to do whatever I want, how do I best use my time for writing? [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Sep 18, 2014 - 12 answers

Who's writing about video games?

I'd like to learn more about video and digital games. I don't know where to start. I'm thinking--there must be bloggers, games writers, etc. who are writing about both classic video games and new releases? Who are they? [more inside]
posted by Ollie on Jul 21, 2014 - 11 answers

Science for English Majors

I saw -- maybe here, maybe on the blue -- a link to a webpage with discussions of all sorts of future-science problems. I can't find it again. Help? [more inside]
posted by AmandaA on Jun 24, 2014 - 2 answers

Help out a writer with a severe case of writer's block!

I am working on a story where a character recalls several intense "Rashomon" type events with multiple perspectives and interesting differences in how intense events play out to different witnesses. I've thought of a couple but I'd love the germ of a few more ideas... [more inside]
posted by extrabox on Jun 23, 2014 - 9 answers

Movies About Writers and Show the Story

Hey Everyone, Can you think of any movies that are about a writer and also show the story that the writer is writing in the movie? Thanks!
posted by sunnyblues48 on Apr 24, 2014 - 39 answers

YANAmazon, but…

I stumbled across an older book, and I'd love to find others like it. Help? [more inside]
posted by xenization on Feb 27, 2014 - 8 answers

Help me educate myself in the philosophical side of environmentalism

I'm a grad student in conservation biology who has always had a strong interest in conservation issues. However, I feel like the technical side of my education is much stronger than the philosophical side, and I want to restore that balance. Who should I read, what resources should I look into, what organizations or publications are out there that will help me gain a deeper understanding of the philosophical, historical, and cultural components of environmentalism? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Jan 24, 2014 - 15 answers

MFT application: letter of reference & personal statement samples? Help!

Hi Mefi Community, I would like to apply for an MFT grad program but feel a huge block when it comes to the personal statement, as well as the letter of reference(s). One of my recommenders has asked that I draft the letter of reference and he will approve it after review, but I've never actually even seen one of these before, so do not know where to begin! [more inside]
posted by Danah_78 on Jan 1, 2014 - 2 answers

magical realism/surreal books by women

I love Kelly Link, Jeannette Winterson, Margaret Atwood, Karen Russell, and Aimee Bender. I would like to read more books like this. Women authors only please, and I'd also love to have more queer and of color authors in my library. Thanks !
posted by dysh on Dec 29, 2013 - 43 answers

Please Help Me Overcome My Programming Anxiety

I am paralyzed trying to work on code. Not sure how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 14, 2013 - 17 answers

Wanted: Erudite, epigrammatic writers of easily-digested essays.

Who are some erudite, epigrammatic essayists? I'm not just looking for "good" essayists: self-consciously "refined" diction is a must, as is the propensity for epigrams. Examples of who I'm looking for include G. K. Chesterton, Mark Twain, Pauline Kael, Christopher Hitchens, Will Self, and Theodore Dalrymple.
posted by Sticherbeast on Oct 31, 2013 - 24 answers

Black turtlenecks, cigarettes, red wine, and Derrida

I'm defending my dissertation next week and the process has wrung all enthusiasm for academia right out of me. The whole enterprise has come to seem like nothing but an anxiety-ridden grind. In my small amount of free time before the defense and during the break I'm allowing myself afterwards, I'd like to read some novels that will delude me into thinking that being an intellectual is kind of, well, hot. Examples and extended description below. [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate on Oct 26, 2013 - 19 answers

Unsung Short Story Masters

I want to know about that favorite short story writer of yours that no one else has ever heard of. [more inside]
posted by Iridic on Sep 13, 2013 - 42 answers

Does everyone in the world want to write, or is it only Americans?

Between the writers' conferences, workshops, organizations, academic degrees, web sites, online fora, regional groups, and how-to books that seem to fill this country, it appears that every third American more or less seriously wants to be a writer. (UK seems to have a bit of the fever as well.) Is the same obsession at play elsewhere, that is, in the non-English speaking world? [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones on Sep 4, 2013 - 14 answers

Best Online Writing Groups/Workshops?

What are the best online writer's groups or workshops, especially for genre (scifi/fantasy) fiction? Active community of geeks wanted. Help a writer get serious about her stories. [more inside]
posted by ninjakins on Jul 16, 2013 - 5 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

Havens for artists and writers

I was just reading about poet Mary Oliver, who lives in Provincetown, Massachusetts. I've also heard of arts communities in Santa Fe, New Mexico. What are some other small-ish towns that have strong communities of artists and writers (especially writers!)? [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Jun 15, 2013 - 32 answers

Writers of Metafilter, please help me stay on track and keep going.

Writers, and novelists or fiction writers in particular, can you share your goals, processes and timelines for each of your drafts? [more inside]
posted by thinkpiece on May 19, 2013 - 8 answers

Interest in writers and the writing process

What films and/or podcasts would you recommend for someone interested in writing (mainly fiction and/or screenwriting)? So far, I've really enjoyed watching "Bad Writing" and "Tales from the Script."
posted by okay-quiet-time on May 1, 2013 - 7 answers

Find Ourselves a City to Live In

We're a family of two writers and a preschooler, looking for resources & advice on picking a place in the US to move to. [more inside]
posted by muckster on Apr 3, 2013 - 28 answers

Need help finding websites similar to Thought Catalog

Are there any blog/writing websites out there that are like Thought Catalog, but slightly more... mature I guess? Without the high-school/college drama or pop culture nonsense. Sometimes I feel just slightly too old for TC's target demographic. :/ But I do enjoy reading short blog posts from a variety of authors. Thanks in advance
posted by The Biggest Dreamer on Mar 22, 2013 - 4 answers

Details, details, details...and then BAM!

As a reader of fiction (especially if you're a devotee of speculative fiction), how much do you like detailed descriptions and/or lists as part of the story? What if the story switches between detail and expediency? [more inside]
posted by batmonkey on Dec 28, 2012 - 12 answers

Gene W. Banks

What interesting writing has been done on the overlaps between Gene Wolfes "Book of the new sun and Iain M. Banks Culture novels? [more inside]
posted by monocultured on Dec 2, 2012 - 5 answers

If someone says Tricorder....

Researchers, Writers, Grad Students, and Professors: Tell me about your technical setup (hardware and software). What do you use, and what couldn't you live without? [more inside]
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Nov 2, 2012 - 25 answers

Writer seeks not-office Toronto cafe place

Help me find a great writing spot in Toronto, with some very specific requirements. [more inside]
posted by lizifer on Oct 25, 2012 - 16 answers

What are the best in-person experiences for aspiring writers to develop their skills?

Where are the good writers' retreats and workshops? How can I identify them? [more inside]
posted by emkelley on Sep 7, 2012 - 2 answers

Flakey editors: the norm?

Are flakey editors and publishers the norm? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 6, 2012 - 15 answers

The seed is the cage is the seed

Writers I like: Johan Huizenga, A. S. Neill, Christopher Alexander, Philippe Gaulier, James Paul Gee. Thoughts I'm interested in: the systemic formation of culture; how we interact with and are shaped by said systems; how those systems emerge as part of a "playful" procedure; how play is often used as a release from cultural standards. Who else will I like? What ideas will fascinate me further? [more inside]
posted by Rory Marinich on May 10, 2012 - 9 answers

How could I convince you that I'd make a great financial writer

I have a job interview for a junior/intermediate financial writer position with a financial services marketing company on Friday. This is a bit of a career jump for me as my background is mostly in legal editing with one stint at an educational publisher. Are there any MeFites with some sort of experience in financial writing who have some advice for me on how to ace the interview, or on what kind of research and prep I should be doing? [more inside]
posted by orange swan on Mar 20, 2012 - 6 answers

Herbs/supplements for academic writing?

I am in the last two weeks of writing my master's thesis and I was wondering what herbs or supplements others have found useful for writing. Focus is part of it, but I also need to produce and get in the flow, so to speak. It comes sometimes, but I can never force those really productive moments. I have a cupboard full of various herbs, but no time to experiment. Wondering what has worked for other, including combinations. [more inside]
posted by cejl on Feb 17, 2012 - 17 answers

Films with Writers as Protagonists

I'm looking for films that have writers as the protagonists. I find the films inspiring. My favorite thus far is The Tenants (2006), which stars Dylan McDermott and Snoop Dogg! Any ideas? Thanks in advance... [more inside]
posted by lrnarabic on Jan 8, 2012 - 35 answers

Blind Writers?

Do you know some professional writer who is blind from birth?
posted by - on Nov 15, 2011 - 11 answers

Writers: how do you educate clients who don't value your work?

Copywriters and other creatives: how do you protect yourself when dealing with clients who suck up time with extensive revisions, general indecisiveness, or just plain bad judgment? My larger projects can handle some ballooning of time in one direction or another, and for my big national clients there is always client awareness of my expertise and what it's worth. My problem is with taking on smaller clients who seem great at first, but then balk at suggestions, revise good writing into terrible, etc... [more inside]
posted by mdiskin on Oct 14, 2011 - 22 answers

Ebooks Writers

Hi I am starting a ebooks community site where people can submit their books and then we will publish and sell the books for the authors. I was wondering if anyone knew a good way to reach independent authors and how to market our site to them? We are looking for writers of self help, recipes, novels, and anything else. We really want to empower writers to get their stuff out their and to help them make some money in the process. Any help on how to find people like that would be much appreciated! Thanks!
posted by Monkeyzulu on Jun 23, 2011 - 8 answers

Writers similar to Salinger?

Please recommend writers similar to J.D. Salinger. [more inside]
posted by grokfest on Jun 14, 2011 - 23 answers

Writers or artists who have killed.

Who are artists or writers who have committed murder? [more inside]
posted by fryman on Apr 14, 2011 - 43 answers

Internet writer romance scandal

I need help remembering a story/internet scandal thing! Details inside. [more inside]
posted by little_c on Feb 16, 2011 - 4 answers

recommended prose stylists

Please recommend some great prose stylists! [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Dec 23, 2010 - 24 answers

Work in Progress

Can you recommend any blogs by writers, academics, or researchers who blog throughout their research and writing process?
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Dec 5, 2010 - 2 answers

Who are your favorite travel writers?

What is your favorite travel book/essay/blog? Who are your favorite travel writers? [more inside]
posted by rinosaur on Oct 29, 2010 - 30 answers

What novel is this quote from?

I'm trying to find a quote from a book I read way back in my English Lit. days. The general gist of the quote is that the best or only way to avoid the angry fist of God is to make sure that you remain in the palm of His hand. It is a quote from a book written by an African American. I'm thinking Zora Neale Hurston or Toni Morrison maybe. I can't remember the actual wording of the quote, so google is not helping. Sound familiar to anyone? Thanks much.
posted by Zendogg on May 24, 2010 - 3 answers

Movies About Writers

I'm looking to develop a comprehensive list of movies about writers. I have a pretty good list that includes the likes of 'Wonder Boys', 'The Hours', 'Mrs. Parker', 'Capote' and the like. However, I know there are many small indie films that fly under the radar every year, some probably about writers. Even if you think I already have it on my list - tell me your favorite movies about writers. Thanks!
posted by Gerard Sorme on May 16, 2010 - 67 answers

$700 on the publishing industry roulette wheel...

I have written a literary science fiction novel. I am confident that it is salable, but I am so far having difficulty finding an agent. I am considering going to the Backspace Writer's Conference but am uncertain as to whether the $700 cost would be a good investment. [more inside]
posted by 256 on May 2, 2010 - 12 answers

Reading in Prison

If you could come up with reading list for a young man doing a 16-year prison sentence, what would be on it? [more inside]
posted by John of Michigan on Feb 27, 2010 - 40 answers

How do authors and artists know whether or not they're being cheated by publishers and record companies?

How do authors and artists know whether or not they're being cheated by publishers and record companies? [more inside]
posted by coffeefilter on Feb 8, 2010 - 11 answers

If you like Orhan Pamuk....

What author would you recommend to an individual whose favorite writer is Orhan Pamuk but who has already read all of his available works in English?
posted by Morrigan on Jan 3, 2010 - 5 answers

Why are writers people that wad ruled paper?

What's the origin of the image of the frustrated writer? You know this character - crumpling his drafts into little balls and throwing them in the wastepaper basket, or staring endlessly at a blank page. What are some really early appearances of this image? [more inside]
posted by voronoi on Dec 16, 2009 - 12 answers

Perhaps a chair coated with glue?

With NaNoWriMo looming ever nearer, I would like to hear your best tips, tricks, habits, and techniques for staying chained to the keyboard. [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk on Oct 22, 2009 - 26 answers

Graphic Choices

Academics, Researchers, and Writers: What software do you use for creating the graphics that accompany your journal (or mainstream) article submissions? I know this will be different depending on the topic, field, and journal. I'm trying to get a feel for the full range of choices.
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Oct 15, 2009 - 34 answers

Where is the best writing course in London?

Do you know of any excellent writing courses in London? [more inside]
posted by King_Wang on Jul 14, 2009 - 3 answers

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