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Captain Planet - but for grown ups

Please help me come up with a decent name for a group of four fictional characters who have power over the classic elements in an equally fictional world. [more inside]
posted by Youremyworld on Jul 15, 2014 - 25 answers

Extreme Exposition

I wish to read fiction that has a very high ratio of exposition imparted to amount of actual writing. [more inside]
posted by Evilspork on Jun 19, 2014 - 16 answers

How does the shrinking work in Michael Crichton's book Micro?

There's a Michael Crichton book (technically finished based on his notes) called Micro. It is about a group of people who get shrunk to miniscule size and are attacked by mundane wildlife. [more inside]
posted by Lorc on Dec 31, 2013 - 4 answers

Chapter One: The End.

Tell me the story of how you managed to keep your novel organized! [more inside]
posted by mittens on Dec 16, 2013 - 15 answers

Tips & tricks for capturing the 'voice' of a piece of fiction?

How do you go about consciously aping the voice/tone/style of a particular genre of fiction or writer? [more inside]
posted by Erberus on Aug 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Podcasts as good as Scriptnotes, but for prose?

I've recently started listening to Scriptnotes, a great podcast by John August and Craig Mazin about screenwriting. Is there a similar podcast about novel/short story writing, or indeed writing in general? Podcasts I already subscribe to and key things I like about Scriptnotes inside. [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave on Jan 18, 2013 - 4 answers

Help me fill in this vague recollection of a story I read?

Help me fill in this vague recollection of a story I read? I read it probably as recently as last year. I don't remember if it's a short story or an incident in a novel. [more inside]
posted by Infinity_8 on Jan 17, 2013 - 6 answers

Horses for courses... UK vs US English?

I'm a writer - with a British English education. I've just finished a young adult novel that I'm polishing to go on submission. Should I be making sure everything is in US English? [more inside]
posted by teststrip on Jun 13, 2012 - 29 answers

Should I try to write a novel? If so, what do I do next?

I am very, very casually toying with the idea of writing an urban fantasy style novel. [more inside]
posted by Quincy on Mar 28, 2012 - 20 answers

I wrote just short of 50,000 words of a novel... But now I'm not sure where to go from here.

I wrote just short of 50,000 words of a novel... But now I'm not sure where to go from here. Help me come up with a game plan to finish it. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Mar 5, 2012 - 16 answers

Most influential short stories and novels in terms of style since 1950?

Which novels and short stories, from any genre, since WWII, have been the most influential on prose style in "literary fiction"?
posted by shivohum on Aug 26, 2011 - 19 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

Know any stories about camouflage tattoos?

A recent conversation reminded me of something I once read. It was in a Playboy magazine, likely mid-80s, and it was either a short story or an excerpt from a novel if Playboy even does that kind of thing. From what I remember it was written in the first person about a guy (a reporter?) who hears about this Vietnam vet that has learned some art of tattooing which acts as the perfect camouflage. [more inside]
posted by komara on Jun 20, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me plot a novel I don't even have an idea for!

Novel plotting filter: how do YOU do it? Do you think of a character first, devise the end and work backward from that, have a world/location in mind and try to discover what stories would occur there, what? [more inside]
posted by jasondbarr on Jun 2, 2011 - 19 answers

Developing a writing discipline

Aspiring author here, asking other writing MeFites: how do you write? How do you discipline yourself? What gets you in the Zone? I have no discipline as a writer and depend on random bouts of inspiration, but I'd like to start approaching writing in a more structured way, with a view to (gasp!) publishing one day. [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Apr 27, 2011 - 31 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

What should I write every day?

I need to write a lot to break this mental block that I have- but what should I write? [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Jan 10, 2011 - 18 answers

Fiction writing advice for the advanced amateur.

I seem to be teetering on the edge of getting somewhere with my writing, but I'm not there yet. How can I learn to get a handle on pacing and characterization in my novels and short stories? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Dec 8, 2010 - 17 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 books about dirty cops

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

Research for an alternate universe novel?

Novel-Writing filter: How do I go about doing research for alternate universe novel? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2010 - 13 answers

Books that vividly describe a city or town?

I'm looking for fiction that vividly describes the physical and social atmosphere of a city or town, the way Dickens captures Coketown in Hard Times. [more inside]
posted by cirripede on May 7, 2010 - 36 answers

Obligatory Toto joke here

KansasFilter: writing a novel set in Kansas. Can you give me some advice about localisms that you had to have lived there to know? [more inside]
posted by meadowlark lime on Jan 28, 2010 - 41 answers

SWF seeks same for long walks on the beach

I am that most special of snowflakes: a good writer who is both tremendously shy and tremendously snobby. How can I balance my need for constructive feedback with my fear of being stuck with a bunch of laggards? [more inside]
posted by sheena is a sock puppet on Jan 25, 2010 - 20 answers

How do I rewrite a novel?

Okay, I've got the writing done, now how do I re-write? [more inside]
posted by jacquilynne on Jan 6, 2010 - 13 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

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

What well-known novels lack any character description aside from names?

What well-known novels lack any character descriptions aside from names?
posted by odinsdream on Oct 9, 2009 - 17 answers

Great American Novels

People talk about "writing the Great American Novel." What do you think are valid examples of the G.A.N.? What novels, American or otherwise, did you enjoy reading and wish you had written?
posted by Busoni on Jun 20, 2009 - 70 answers

Is it acceptable to write a piece of fiction based on the war in Iraq?

Would it be seen as (and is it really) exceptionally tasteless to write a fictional novel about a soldiers' experiences in Iraq? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 6, 2009 - 16 answers

writing in windows?

software for writing (i.e., organizing) a novel on a windows machine? [more inside]
posted by gcat on Dec 29, 2008 - 8 answers

Gay Writing

Can anyone recommend good novels about gay people? Not just genre fiction but actually literature? It seems to me there must be, but I've never been able to find any.
posted by blue shadows on Dec 14, 2008 - 57 answers

Seeking original, unique, oddball novels and stories

What are your favorite unconventional novels and short stories? [more inside]
posted by mizrachi on Oct 21, 2008 - 74 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

___________

Why do novelists use "________" in place of a character's name? [more inside]
posted by serazin on Aug 11, 2008 - 10 answers

Kate Chopin's "The Awakening"

I am trying to get a better understanding of Kate Chopin's "The Awakening" **Spoiler Alert** [more inside]
posted by madmamasmith on Jul 28, 2008 - 13 answers

Which books are most representative of each city?

What one book will allow others to gain the truest insight into the soul of each city or region [more inside]
posted by reenum on May 6, 2008 - 16 answers

Me And Bobby Eat Ghee (freedom's just another word for 'nothing left to eat')

Would anyone in their right mind eat vegetable ghee, or any kind of ghee, straight from the can? [more inside]
posted by spoobnooble on Apr 20, 2008 - 32 answers

Ghostwriter! Word.

I've been offered a ghostwriting gig. Help me with my expectations, please. [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Feb 28, 2008 - 4 answers

novelfilter

New Year resolution: write a novel this year. Need some resources [more inside]
posted by spacefire on Jan 5, 2008 - 22 answers

Who's written fiction within the last 5-10 years that deals realistically with the experience of American people under 40? Please recommend!

Who's written fiction within the last 5-10 years, that deals realistically with the experience of American people under 40? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Dec 14, 2007 - 26 answers

Books describing men of no nation

I'm looking for books, fiction or nonfiction, where the main character claims no country as his/her own [more inside]
posted by reenum on Dec 2, 2007 - 19 answers

Should I be using LaTex instead of MS Word?

I'm currently writing a novel. Should I use LaTex instead of MS Word? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Nov 13, 2007 - 41 answers

What would a teenage boy learn about women from reading romance novels?

What would a teenage boy learn about women from reading romance novels? [more inside]
posted by spoobnooble on Oct 9, 2007 - 41 answers

I've got a mini-door stop, now how do I revise it?

I've just finished my first novel, now how do I revise this thing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2007 - 17 answers

Breathe! Damn you, breathe!

How can I revive a dead novel? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse on Jan 22, 2007 - 19 answers

How can I turn notes into something useful?

I've been noting down ideas for a potential novel for over a year. Problem is, I now have so many that it's tough to keep track of it all. How can I organise and consolidate them into something workable? [more inside]
posted by Acey on Dec 30, 2006 - 27 answers

Does self-publishing a book impact the potential for mass-market publication?

Once I've made my sci-fi novel available via Lulu.com, will it still be viable to shop around to agents and editors for potential mass-market publication? Are there factors that influence it? For example, if it sells a lot, is it considered a good buy by a publisher, or has it basically had its first run?
posted by JWright on Dec 8, 2006 - 9 answers

My characters are running away with my novel!

Please help me find something to organize this monstrosity of a novel. Oh yes, there is definitely [more inside]
posted by sperose on Oct 17, 2006 - 10 answers

Online tools for novel-writing?

Are there any great online tools for working on writing a novel? I've seen previous posts on desktop software for this purpose, but I haven't found any nifty online tools. [more inside]
posted by tastybrains on Sep 19, 2006 - 8 answers

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