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How to get better at organizing my ideas in writing?

How can I get better at organizing my ideas in writing? I want to be able to write essays, long-form blog posts, articles, etc. I want to be able to use in-depth writing as a tool to accomplish things, instead of just enduring it when it comes up. I'm interested in resources (classes? books?), techniques, and advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 30, 2014 - 15 answers

inspirational books/biographies about the non-fiction writing life?

I'm neck deep in writing an academic book at the moment, and on the worst days I lose the will to live. To dislodge myself from the daily temptation to nuke the whole manuscript, slit my wrists and be done with it all, I've been trying to keep motivated by reading good accounts of the life of writers. I would love recommendations! Details inside. [more inside]
posted by starcrust on Jul 18, 2014 - 4 answers

Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry about people's lives

I'm looking for essays, books, poetry, nonfiction, or whatever else about normal people's everyday lives and pasts, humorous if possible. I'm looking for stuff in the vein of the New York Press's old columns (like the ones Ned Vizzini wrote) or like Books of Adam. Writing that is casual, but well written.
posted by holmesian on Jun 9, 2014 - 9 answers

personal writings about ADD/ADHD

I'm looking for high-quality, moving, compelling, interesting writing about having ADD; i.e. personal essays, creative nonfiction, that sort of thing. [more inside]
posted by threeants on Aug 4, 2013 - 3 answers

Help me learn more about contemporary Indonesia!

I'm trying to learn more about contemporary Indonesia, and I'd love book & essay recommendations, especially of narrative non-fiction with a strong first person narrative voice! (But I'd also love suggestions of fiction, good travelogues, podcasts, blogs, zines, films, academic articles--really anything that doesn't demand prior in depth knowledge.) [more inside]
posted by tapir-whorf on May 13, 2013 - 4 answers

Is writing great fiction innate or learned?

Writing fiction: is it the sort of thing where you either have "the gift," or you don't? [more inside]
posted by indognito on Jan 6, 2013 - 38 answers

Year in long reading 2012

I have an ~18 hour flight ahead of me and I am compiling a DIY ebook of longform journalism/non-fiction for my Kindle to get me through it. So, what is the best thing you read this year? [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Dec 21, 2012 - 11 answers

pulitzer drafts

Years ago Jack Hart, the esteemed editor and writing coach at The Oregonian, posted the rough drafts of Tom Hallman's Pulitzer winning story The Boy Behind the Mask somewhere online. Perhaps to a writers'/journalists' forum or mailing list. One editor's reaction to seeing the progression of the story through the drafts was to call it the most instructive lesson he'd ever had in newspaper writing. Help me track down those drafts!
posted by AceRock on Nov 26, 2012 - 0 answers

How to write a very readable nonfiction book for an under 35 audience?

I am interested in writing a non-fiction book or two (possibly ebooks) in a proven popular style. Where can I find resources, reviews, interviews, commentaries about choosing book structures, layout, language, tone and content that appeal to an aspirational audience? [more inside]
posted by vizsla on Nov 12, 2012 - 3 answers

Open courses that teach writing skills: where are they?

Open courses that teach writing skills: where are they? [more inside]
posted by pracowity on Jul 11, 2012 - 6 answers

How to choose writing form?

To writers: how do you consider questions of which form in which to express your ideas - short story, essay, novel, poem, even unconventional forms like very short fiction or experimental plotless fiction or aphorism collection or blog posts (to the extent they're their own thing)? Are there any good articles or books that wrestle with this dilemma?
posted by shivohum on Mar 8, 2012 - 8 answers

Tell me about telling a non-fiction story in book form.

I have a journalism background and an idea for a non-fiction book that is biographical in nature. This would be my first attempt at writing a book of any kind. What should I know before beginning this process (other than it will take up all of my time and I'll likely never see a dime from it)? Suggestions specific to non-fiction writing appreciated. [more inside]
posted by iamisaid on Dec 8, 2011 - 6 answers

How should I manage my workflow for writing a nonfiction book?

How should I manage my workflow for researching and writing a nonfiction book using Evernote and other tools? [more inside]
posted by incandescentman on Oct 16, 2011 - 2 answers

alt-non-fiction

Unique approaches to nonfiction storytelling. In Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder, Lawrence Weschler tells the saga of how a strange museum came into being. He interweaves stories of the museum's founder with stories of the artifacts displayed. The effect is a comfortable narrative of seemingly diverse and difficult topics. What are some other narrative strategies for relating an informative and entertaining nonfiction story? I'm not looking for book recommendations but details of interesting and accessible approaches to odd material that may be biographical.
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Sep 12, 2011 - 12 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

Looking for books or movies with the same humor as Mike Judge's movies

Looking for books or movies with the same humor as Mike Judge's movies. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 10, 2011 - 11 answers

The explorer's life, depicted in words and pictures.

Is there a term for travel accounts of explorers, both fictional and real-life? Also, tell me some of your favorites. [more inside]
posted by actionpact on Dec 11, 2010 - 22 answers

Want to read about fiascos

Looking for books and/or movies about fiascos and disastrous but avoidable situations [more inside]
posted by reenum on Nov 22, 2010 - 25 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

Looking for books about dirty cops

Looking for books about dirty cops. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Oct 27, 2010 - 18 answers

Can you recommend a Windows research aide?

Can you help me sort through the overwhelming choices in Windows based note-taking software? [more inside]
posted by Sustainable Chiles on Oct 22, 2010 - 16 answers

One person, one challenge?

Recommendations for nonfiction adventure books with one person facing a single overwhelming challenge? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Sep 22, 2010 - 24 answers

Biographies of abstract thinkers wanted

Looking for biographies of scientists or mathematicians. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jul 27, 2010 - 22 answers

What are your favorite non-fiction anthologies?

I really enjoy reading those anthologies of the best American non-fiction stories that come out every year -- particularly because they a) are easy to finish in 20-40 minutes and b) introduce me to new magazines/writers/concepts. I'm looking for other compendiums of magazine-style writing or articles or suggestions on where to go to find new collections of feature-length non-fiction pieces. [more inside]
posted by melodykramer on Jan 14, 2010 - 17 answers

Query, propose, publish.

I want the best resources to help me write a nonfiction book proposal. [more inside]
posted by Ouisch on Dec 22, 2009 - 3 answers

Please recommend books similar to Bill Simmons' Book of Basketball

I love Bill Simmons' "The Book of Basketball". What should I read next? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Dec 8, 2009 - 11 answers

How to edit citations

Footnote filter: I am writing a non-fiction, non-academic book and need help determining what to include in my citations. [more inside]
posted by quidividi on Dec 5, 2009 - 5 answers

Lookin' for words in all the wrong places

Between my iPhone's Stanza app and the loooooong quiet days ahead of me in the office during the holiday season, I'd like to read some stuff online. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Nov 25, 2009 - 6 answers

Short passages of particularly strong or weak nonfiction prose?

In search of short passages of especially strong or weak nonfiction prose! [more inside]
posted by cymru_j on Oct 17, 2009 - 8 answers

Am I doing this write?

In writing a research book, how far along should I be before approaching publishers, agents, etc? Help needed to get my nonfiction pop culture centric book into bookstores [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 3, 2009 - 7 answers

How do I break into writing nonfiction books?

My dream is to write nonfiction books, but I have more book ideas than I know what to do with. Does anybody have any advice on how to find an agent or even just somebody knowledgeable about the publishing business who could give some good advice about which book ideas would work and which ideas would fall flat? How does one get past the query letter stage, when you have multiple outlines and chapters and book ideas, but you don't have a finished book?
posted by jonp72 on Jul 14, 2009 - 13 answers

Who are the best feature writers out there?

Who are the best magazine and newspaper feature writers, past and present? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 8, 2009 - 20 answers

Sociology of subculture recommendations.

Can you recommend some books to me similar to the sociology-of-a-subculture style of Hunter S. Thompson's Hell's Angels, Sudhir Venkatesh's Gang Leader for a Day and Bill Buford's Among the Thugs? [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones on Mar 15, 2009 - 26 answers

Listen to me and I'll write it down

I write like I talk and so my writing is not great but my spoken stories are magnetic. Help me put these stories to paper! [more inside]
posted by parmanparman on Dec 27, 2008 - 10 answers

How to safely get an endorsement?

OK, I've posted on this subject before. Each time, I'm a little further along. Here is where I am right now. I've been working on a book since March. The idea upon which the book is based has been getting a lot of attention recently and has consistently been in the news for about four years. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Dec 8, 2008 - 5 answers

Quality nonfiction writing courses (online)?

Can anyone point the way to a reputable online writing course that deals with the mechanics of good writing (not plot, character, narrative, etc)? [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee on Nov 15, 2008 - 3 answers

Can I have my creative cake and eat it too?

Working writers: how do you carve out time for fiction? [more inside]
posted by mynameisluka on Sep 5, 2008 - 18 answers

Stories 'bout learnin

I'm looking for short stories/poems/creative non-fiction and the like about school, schooling, education, and/or learning to write/self-expression. Should be suitable for college freshpersons.
posted by Saxon Kane on Aug 24, 2008 - 4 answers

A new way to look at the world...

Looking for books that talk about aspects of society or culture in new and interesting ways. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Jan 10, 2008 - 20 answers

Good nonfiction books about Seattle?

Recommendations for well-written narrative nonfiction books about Seattle? [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Jun 20, 2007 - 6 answers

Report please.

Bookfilter. I'm looking for recommendations on great nonfiction writing by reporters. [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY on May 27, 2007 - 48 answers

Books about writing non fiction

I need recommendations on books about nonfiction writing. [more inside]
posted by BradNelson on Mar 4, 2007 - 16 answers

Writing Nonfiction and Children's Literature: Do you know of any good literature ABOUT these subjects?

I am looking for well regarded books/scholarly papers about writing. Most specifically in the areas of Nonfiction (the essay style of article writing) and Children's Fiction (for a young adult audience). Any tips? Go as far and broad as you can. I'll be off to the British library tomorrow, so the sky is the limit. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jan 9, 2007 - 6 answers

A Very Strange Christmas

What offbeat and/or slightly strange publications would be receptive to non-fiction writing submissions about Christmas? [more inside]
posted by iced_borsch on Jan 4, 2007 - 5 answers

What is your personal narrative?

Do you have any recommendations for solid creative non-fiction magazine columns or the like? [more inside]
posted by loiseau on Dec 5, 2006 - 4 answers

Writing biography or history

How would I write a biography or history book? [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on May 18, 2006 - 4 answers

Favourite non-fiction?

What's your favourite piece of non-fiction ever? [more inside]
posted by reklaw on Mar 22, 2006 - 117 answers

Writing Nonfiction, how does one organize it?

I think it would be a kick to write a nonfiction book. Any advice on how to organize one? [more inside]
posted by TwelveTwo on Jan 13, 2006 - 12 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

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