I manage my writer friend's site where he puts up (not otherwise published) longform articles for free. Film criticism, fiction and articles about literature and philosophy, close to 500 entries. Due to his ethics he is against marketing or monetising and only now after some years we are investigating donations (definitely not monetising). Is this feasible, and how do I not get this wrong? [more inside]
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]
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]
I'm a writer who doesn't really write anything...help? [more inside]
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!
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]
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.
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.
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]
How do I successfully develop a morning writing routine without giving up my night owl lifestyle? Is this even feasible? [more inside]
What are the best oral histories to read? [more inside]
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]
Looking for new magazines to read or subscribe to that publish enthralling nonfiction. [more inside]
What are your favorite articles in the index of Harper's magazine? [more inside]
Mac voice-recognition software for a writer with arthritis. [more inside]
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]
Updating my online portfolio and need help with web navigation, images, hosting and more. [more inside]
Improve your writing by imitating the greats. [more inside]
How do I successfully do freelance writing (my night job) about my industry (my day job)? [more inside]
I have savings and, soon, no work. I want to do something interesting, write about it, and publish - ideally to kick-start a writing career. How should I go about these 3 things? [more inside]
What's the best way to change my engineering resume into one more appropriate for a freelance writer? [more inside]
Who are the best magazine and newspaper feature writers, past and present? [more inside]
What do I need to know about writing for the web? [more inside]
Are there any reasonably well-known (or even famous) writers who are truly multi-genre? [more inside]
I would like to start working as a speech or letter writer for a political/government office. What advice do you have for me on how to best go about this? [more inside]
Is there such a book as "The London Times Historical Atlas"? Google and Amazon are clueless. [more inside]
How to get started writing comedically? [more inside]
I need help writing a bio for an indie band. [more inside]
How can I become a funny writer? [more inside]
I've been asked to co-author a nonfiction book with a woman who is an expert in her field, but not a writer. I have some questions about contracts and rights to the material. [more inside]
I'm 23 and working as a sales assistant/helpdesk support/office admin/web designer/receptionist in my hometown. How do I go about getting a paying job as a writer, without formal qualifications? [more inside]
Which dictionaries would you recommend as a gift for a writer friend? [more inside]
I used to consider myself a decent writer. It was one of those things that I did well. Over the last few years though I can hardly seem to link two cohesive sentences together. Those last few years also seem to coincide with my entrance into working on the web. Does anyone have any tips for learning how to write again? [more inside]
I'm trying to write an essay on the current nostalgia for guilt-free (and information-free!) smoking, boozing and drug-taking and desperately need sources, whether web-based or bibliographical. [More inside.] [more inside]
How do you become an internet phenomenon? I am a writer who wants exposure and my friends keep telling me to start a website. I've started many a blog--all dismal failures--and need perhaps good advice on how to (a) construct a unique, functional website that is easy to post on and (b) get exposure. Figured this was a good place to ask. Thanks!