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Interrogate the Mystery Writers

I need questions to ask a panel of mystery writers, some of them cross-dressing. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2009 - 7 answers

Active writing forums?

Anyone know any active writing forums they would recommend? [more inside]
posted by Ugh on Apr 12, 2009 - 5 answers

Author interviews

What is the best author interview you have found? [more inside]
posted by Dumsnill on Mar 28, 2009 - 19 answers

21st Century Fiction

Who are the new exciting, young novelists of the 21st century? I suddenly find myself with a lot more time on my hands for reading. [more inside]
posted by netbros on Mar 2, 2009 - 24 answers

Looking for a good writing board

Anyone knows a friendly forum where writers hang out discussing their craft? [more inside]
posted by ilike on Jan 22, 2009 - 9 answers

Wrapped Up in Books

I need some new favourite writers! Please recommend some ones that I'll love as much as Mark Kurlansky and Italo Calvino, etc. [more inside]
posted by troika on Nov 17, 2008 - 30 answers

Are there successful multi-genre authors?

Are there any reasonably well-known (or even famous) writers who are truly multi-genre? [more inside]
posted by wackybrit on Nov 10, 2008 - 54 answers

Women writers like Neal Stephenson, are there any?

Women writers like Neal Stephenson, are there any? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Oct 5, 2008 - 18 answers

Solve the Mystery!

45 year old literary blind item - can you identify the subject? [more inside]
posted by moxiedoll on Sep 16, 2008 - 19 answers

TIME FOR MORE STORIES

Last night, I spent an hour reading the crazy, hilarious stories posted here. One hour was not enough. I need more davesecretaryatwork - or at least, more like him. [more inside]
posted by yeoja on May 19, 2008 - 24 answers

Women writing SciFi: Your Picks?

In your opinion, who are the best female science fiction authors? What are the best scifi books written by women? [more inside]
posted by taz on Feb 8, 2008 - 106 answers

Looking for additional Mystery Writers

I have just about exhausted the collections of my favorite mystery writers--looking for other mystery/crime writers that meet my preferences. [more inside]
posted by rmhsinc on Jan 31, 2008 - 43 answers

I strongly believe in this question.

"Ann Coulter doesn't even believe anything she says!" Really? Are there any cases of a writer or pundit who turned out not to believe the positions s/he took? [more inside]
posted by transona5 on Jan 29, 2008 - 34 answers

Best book publication methods?

I have a web site. I want to write a book based on the topic. I have publishers/agents asking to talk to me, but I don't know if I'm ready. For one thing, I'm not convinced traditional publication is best — I'm intrigued by self-publishing and e-books. I'm looking for general advice: What are the pros and cons of each method? It seems that unless I'm lucky, traditional publishing offers the lowest dollar return. But are there other, intangible benefits I'm missing? Exposure? Having somebody who knows what they're doing guide me along? And how do I approach a discussion with agents/publishers so as to get the best deal? [more inside]
posted by jdroth on Jan 7, 2008 - 13 answers

How do I find authors the same age as me?

Is there any resource online that lists fiction (and possibly non-fiction) authors by age? [more inside]
posted by aclevername on Dec 29, 2007 - 5 answers

Why are TV studios and sports teams allowed to colluded in labor negotiations?

Question about the Writer's Guild strike and comparable situations in other industries: why are the studios allowed to negotiate as a single entity, the AMPTP? How does this situation compare to the various US sports leagues and the auto and airline industries? [more inside]
posted by mullacc on Dec 28, 2007 - 9 answers

It's all here in writing

Smallish bunch of creative writer-types (who've met up in person a couple of times) would like somewhere to hang out online: please suggest what kind of website might suit us best. [more inside]
posted by freston on Nov 28, 2007 - 5 answers

Movies about female writers

What movies are about real female writers? (Sylvia, etc.) Thanks.
posted by HSWilson on Nov 23, 2007 - 25 answers

Does WWE employ union writers?

Has WWE programming been affected by the WGA writers' strike? [more inside]
posted by macdara on Nov 7, 2007 - 4 answers

One-sitting reads?

What are some great books that aren't hideously long? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on May 4, 2007 - 79 answers

Mainstream slumming on the sci fi side of the street?

I just found out that the dystopian/futuristic movie Children of Men is based on a novel by P.D. James. It made me think of the excellent short story The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster. It made me wonder: are other examples of mainstream authors experimenting with speculative fiction? [more inside]
posted by nanojath on Apr 22, 2007 - 36 answers

The Nameless Anarchist

Help me remember the name of an anarchist. [more inside]
posted by scratch on Mar 28, 2007 - 10 answers

How do I develop a friendship with my favorite writer?

Recently I've met my favorite writer in a book presentation. He is considered one of the best living writers. In 2006 he won several prizes. His name is sometimes mentioned as a Nobel candidate. I was lucky enough to cause an impression on him, and I suggested him to visit my blog. He did, and then he sent me a short e-mail about it. Now, how do I keep things moving forward? How do I develop this contact into a friendship, without turning this into a worship, without causing a wrong impression that I could be using his name to my personal benefit? Essentially: how do I maintain and develop this relation, instead of killing it?
posted by dfreire on Feb 22, 2007 - 23 answers

Non Fiction Women No Longer

Help me to let go of my bias against women's fiction. What fiction books written by women would a "real" man like? [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Feb 13, 2007 - 77 answers

Recommend a mailorder book club with no extra to buy?

I greatly enjoy the Writers' Digest new-member offers I get every so often. Are there any other book-club (or CD, etc) memberships that don't have a processing charge? [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold on Jan 22, 2007 - 2 answers

Jay Bees

One of my favorite writers is Edmund Jabés. However, I have never heard anyone pronounce his name. [more inside]
posted by jimfl on Jan 16, 2007 - 13 answers

Teaching an older blogger new tricks (or how to train a writer over 60 to make their posts sparkle)

Teaching an older blogger new tricks (or how to train a writer over 60 to make their posts sparkle) [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear on Jan 16, 2007 - 5 answers

Best places to write in Venice, CA?

I'm looking for recommendations on best places to write in Venice, CA. Mostly in the realm of coffee shops or writer-friendly cafes, libraries, or anything else that comes to mind. [more inside]
posted by np312 on Jan 7, 2007 - 4 answers

Writing Here To Avoid Writing

How can I unblock and get to work? I took on a freelance writing job that came to me from a friend/colleague with whom I've worked very successfully in the past. He pitched me to his team, we had some meetings, I got a retainer and ... was offered a different full-time, demanding job which I could not turn down. I thought I could bang out Freelance Job during my weeks before starting Real Job and now I'm stuck ... [more inside]
posted by thinkpiece on Jan 5, 2007 - 12 answers

Is there a social networking site for writers?

Is there a social networking site for writers? [more inside]
posted by kingtaj on Jan 2, 2007 - 13 answers

Recommendations to fresh new thinking

Who are the writers and philosophers of today who are grounded and realistic but think outside the linear, relentless and monotonous data stream consciousness that pervades the internet and society at large? [more inside]
posted by dropkick on Dec 7, 2006 - 26 answers

Dinner with some nerd idols; what would you ask?

How can I make the most of my dinner with Greg Bear, Neal Stephenson, George Dyson, and Donna Shirley? [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium on Nov 1, 2006 - 22 answers

Books on Writers and Alcohol?

I'm looking for books dealing with writers and alcohol, or writers writing about alcohol. I own four books on the subject: The Thirsty Muse: Alcohol and the American Writer Alcohol and the Writer A Drinking Companion: Alcohol and Writers' Lives The Muse in the Bottle: Great Writers on the Joy of Drinking
posted by Gnostic Novelist on Sep 11, 2006 - 21 answers

Famous Writing Habits?

Famous Writing Habits? I come across sites dealing with a few here and there but there is no great collection I can find. Common examples: Hemingway's habit/belief of 500 words per day, Faulkner drinking whiskey whilst writing, Balzac drinking 10+ espressos a day, Thomas Wolfe's habit of writing standing up and his prolixity (so much so that Max Perkins had to substantially edit his work). Certain writers lived philosophies on first drafts/revisions, words/hours per day, etc etc. I have no problem locating famous quotes, but I'm more interested in info about actual behaviors. Hope that sounds right. Thank You in advance.
posted by Gnostic Novelist on Aug 13, 2006 - 27 answers

Are "office"-type businesses for writers a good idea?

Does anyone know of spaces (offices/cafes/whatever) geared specifically to writers? I know of theOffice in Santa Monica. Any others you know of? Links? Also, if you've frequented such a place, what were your impressions? If you're a writer, what would get you into such a place? [more inside]
posted by Manhasset on Aug 1, 2006 - 13 answers

rubbing elbows with the gods.

How to (tactfully and successfully) get some major names to look at some of my writing? Of course there is [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater on Jul 18, 2006 - 18 answers

Titles are silly, don't you agree?

Help me find the best writers' workshop in NYC. [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Mar 30, 2006 - 5 answers

Good Swedish novels?

What are some good Swedish novels? [more inside]
posted by fire&wings on Mar 20, 2006 - 17 answers

thesis writers block

Thesis writers block: So I have until thursday to get a first draft of the discussion section of my thesis written. I've been working on it for the past few weeks at a snail's pace. I showed my advisor what I had come up with last week and surprisingly enough, he was ok with it. My problem is I just simply cannot muster up the motivation to get any more work done on this. [more inside]
posted by garethspor on Feb 20, 2006 - 24 answers

Where can a new fiction writer find some help?

Tell a wannabe fiction writer where to find support online. [more inside]
posted by shallowcenter on Nov 6, 2005 - 9 answers

Calling all songwriters

How do musicians write songs? Do they typically write the words then the music to those words...or the other way around? Or does it happen spontaneously so that some artists do it either way depending on their influence?
posted by SparkyPine on Mar 16, 2005 - 17 answers

What are some good, free, online writers' forums?

Looking for good, free online writers' forums to try and promote a magazine project I'm working on. Where on the web do poets and short story writers tend to congregate, and how can I reach that audience (preferably without spending any money)?
posted by BackwardsCity on Jan 11, 2005 - 3 answers

Author! Author!

After reading this fascinating thread, I'm curious: How many published authors are among our number? I'd love to see who's here and what kinds of books you've written.
posted by Vidiot on Dec 28, 2004 - 46 answers

Friends with Typos

Friends who write books: My question is simple. If a friend has had a book published (not their first by any means) by a well-known publisher and one notices several typos in the text, is it best not to mention them? Or is it polite to commiserate with said friend over the lack of thoroughness on the part of the publisher? I don't want to be rude, but I want to show that I really have read the book.
posted by different on Dec 10, 2004 - 16 answers

What Are Some Modern Authors With Their Own Unique Writing Style

I recall reading an article critizing some of today's popular writers (Clancy and King were two I recall) for being bland or suffering from too much Strunk and White. What then are some modern writers who gush with their own, unique style? [more inside]
posted by grefo on Nov 29, 2004 - 36 answers

Good English translations?

What/who are some good translations/translators of books into English?
posted by casarkos on Nov 14, 2004 - 8 answers

Help me finding a writing group

In a variation on the first question I posted to AskMe, I'm looking for a resource that'd help me find local, actually-meet-and-talk-to-people writing groups. My searching skills are apparently flaccid and small. I mean, I live in a freaking college town, I should be innundated with such activities. And yet no luck. Any ideas on where I might find these elusive groups?
posted by billybunny on Nov 10, 2004 - 6 answers

Techniques for beating writer's block?

Does anyone have any good techniques for beating writer's block? [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Nov 10, 2004 - 28 answers

What is the professional life of a travel writer really like?

Do we have any travel writers in the house? Is it really the life of glamour and ease that thetravelwriterslife.com claims?

Since I suspect it's not as easy as one might suppose after digesting that page, I have more questions: Can you tell me what it's like? How you got started? What kind of money you pull in? [more inside]
posted by Irontom on Jun 15, 2004 - 9 answers

Jump-start my writing process!

OK, I'm trying to write my latest masterpiece, and I'm doing everything but... Any tips on writing routines? Not blocked, as such. Plain lazy is a definite possibility. But seriously, anybody have a fail-safe way to get up in the morning and get going?
posted by klaatu on Apr 14, 2004 - 21 answers

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