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Software skills for aspiring technical writer

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]
posted by glass.hourousha on Jul 23, 2014 - 6 answers

Technical Writing offshoring and job security

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]
posted by glass.hourousha on Jun 10, 2014 - 6 answers

I am afraid to write.

I'm a writer who doesn't really write anything...help? [more inside]
posted by Cybria on Nov 21, 2013 - 31 answers

Ways To Help People in Need with Writing or Film Skills?

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!
posted by Locative on Nov 4, 2013 - 6 answers

How can I improve my writing?

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]
posted by myitkyina on Sep 28, 2013 - 11 answers

Help me find a Junot Diaz quotation about writing and politics.

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.
posted by HeroZero on Sep 15, 2013 - 2 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

Do Adderall Make Us Write Bad?

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]
posted by aabbbiee on Nov 4, 2011 - 24 answers

How to develop a writing schedule without sacrificing something important to me

How do I successfully develop a morning writing routine without giving up my night owl lifestyle? Is this even feasible? [more inside]
posted by christopherious on Sep 1, 2011 - 9 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

I do this anyway, now what?

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]
posted by 2bucksplus on Jan 21, 2011 - 11 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

What are the best articles ever published by Harper's magazine?

What are your favorite articles in the index of Harper's magazine? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Oct 14, 2010 - 16 answers

Writer meets arthritis

Mac voice-recognition software for a writer with arthritis. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Dec 3, 2009 - 9 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

Updating my portfolio website and need help with web navigation, images, hosting and more.

Updating my online portfolio and need help with web navigation, images, hosting and more. [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Oct 5, 2009 - 2 answers

Improve your writing by imitating the greats.

Improve your writing by imitating the greats. [more inside]
posted by ekpyrotic on Oct 1, 2009 - 27 answers

How to professionally manage freelance writing about my industry?

How do I successfully do freelance writing (my night job) about my industry (my day job)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 10, 2009 - 3 answers

Becoming a writer during my gap "year"

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]
posted by jeatsy on Sep 8, 2009 - 14 answers

What should my freelance writer resume look like if I'm actually an engineer?

What's the best way to change my engineering resume into one more appropriate for a freelance writer? [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Aug 21, 2009 - 5 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

Tell me about writing for the commercial web!

What do I need to know about writing for the web? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Nov 15, 2008 - 9 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

I want to put words in the mouths of politicians

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]
posted by orange swan on Oct 17, 2008 - 5 answers

Is Jack Vance hoaxing me? Does "The Lonton Times Historical Atlas" exist?

Is there such a book as "The London Times Historical Atlas"? Google and Amazon are clueless. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Dec 22, 2007 - 6 answers

Comedic writer wants a shot

How to get started writing comedically? [more inside]
posted by aleahey on Dec 19, 2007 - 9 answers

What does a band sound like?

I need help writing a bio for an indie band. [more inside]
posted by xo on Sep 14, 2007 - 17 answers

How can I become a funny writer?

How can I become a funny writer? [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Jul 31, 2007 - 15 answers

What is Equitable in a Book Deal?

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]
posted by anonymous on May 26, 2007 - 6 answers

Can I get a job as a writer without a degree?

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]
posted by saileyn on Dec 7, 2006 - 10 answers

Good dictionary for a writer?

Which dictionaries would you recommend as a gift for a writer friend? [more inside]
posted by hootch on Apr 27, 2005 - 35 answers

Writers block: web burnout?

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]
posted by trbrts on Dec 6, 2004 - 14 answers

It's Bad For You!

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]
posted by MiguelCardoso on May 5, 2004 - 15 answers

How do you become an internet phenomenon?

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!
posted by adrober on Jan 6, 2004 - 32 answers

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