Help me be a better writer in English (as a second language) [more inside]
Online systems for writing teachers? [more inside]
How long should it take to write/update a nonprofit case statement? [more inside]
I'm looking for a Firefox add-on that would open a note pad into a new tab. [more inside]
Can you recommend a great professional writing certificate program? [more inside]
What do you love about popular books on society, history, and human sciences? What do you hate about them? [more inside]
How do I force myself to write? I have the ideas...I have the time, I think I even have the skill. I just don't have the follow-through. [more inside]
I'm attending a writer's retreat from Oct. 15-18 in Ancram, NY and need some info on staying around for a few more days. [more inside]
[Academic Filter] Should I work on one research paper at once, or several? [more inside]
In the very late 1970s or very early 1980s, Writer's Digest published an article titled, "How to Write Fast." It may have been by David A. Fryxell, who has a book of similar name (which interlibrary loan seems loath to produce). The article had five keywords for the steps in writing fast. Three of them were "preset," "stuff," and "buzz off." I've forgotten the other two and can't locate my old magazine. Any writers out there remember this?
I need a free file manager for Windows XP that will allow me to specify the order in which files are physically written to an SD Card. Specifically - if i have a folder of music containing, say, 32 tracks of varying length, I want to be able to instruct the file manager to complete the copying of them over according to something like the file name (if each track title was prefixed by the track number) - The order in which Windows Explorer seems to complete copying seems to be based purely on how long each track takes - i.e. shorter tracks copy over sooner than longer tracks due to their file size. Any recommendations of free options gratefully received. [more inside]
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?
Do you know of any excellent writing courses in London? [more inside]
I am trying to build a library of inspirational sentences. [more inside]
What are your favorite essays about traveling or living abroad? [more inside]
Published writers, how did you deal with post-sale paralysis? [more inside]
can i write a valid, effective will without a lawyer? are there helpful, free models?
Cheesy writing in "Heroes" -- is it stupid or is it stylized? [more inside]
How can I make my Word documents look less....boring? Seeking tips & tricks from people with an eye for design. [more inside]
Tell me what I need to do, or which bums I need to kiss, to write a storyline for a video game. [more inside]
Writing an Asperger character : how can I get to know enough about Asperger's syndrom ? Please bear in mind that I live in Belgium. [more inside]
How do I go back to taking my fiction writing seriously after a brief, unhappy attempt to define myself by something else? [more inside]
I am a community college English instructor, and I am working on structuring my Comp I class around the theme of work. Can anyone recommend some thoughtful articles, websites, books (easily excerpted), etc. about work or the workplace? Most of my students have limited reading comprehension skills, so I can’t use anything that is too specialized or advanced. I’m looking for articles on the level of Time or Newsweek. Thanks!
Freelance writing: how to indicate that you would like compensation for your work after an article has been accepted? [more inside]
Looking for Moleskine notebook accessories. [more inside]
I'm trying to construct a digital worksheet that will walk someone through an outlining and drafting process for creating a report. Basically, the user should be able to answer the questions I put forward (either in a textfield, list, or textarea) and what would come out is an outline for a technical paper, grant proposal, etc. Is there software or features of software to support this? Microsoft Office or exportable formats are preferable. [more inside]
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?
recommend short story collections that would be good short film fodder [more inside]
Your tips for freewriting? [more inside]
Why does this happen when I free write? [more inside]
I often have a whole bunch of 500-3000 word articles to read - all reasonably plain English with headings and sub-headings (and occasionally images). Is there any software out there which will take an article (or articles) and write a reasonable one or two paragraph summary of the article, or produce a list of key points?
What happens at the intersection of musical notation (written left to right) and languages written right to left? [more inside]
Creating my book's own index, crazy or sensible? [more inside]
How would you approach this college admissions essay prompt? "Discuss anything you wish you understood better than you do now. " [more inside]
I need to email an announcement about the death of my dog... but I am very emotional about it and do not want people to contact me via telephone with their condolences. I am having trouble drafting a sentence stating this that doesn't sound rude or like it's coming from a robot. Could you possibly help? [more inside]
Help me understand the writing industry, specifically as it relates to Hollywood, etc. [more inside]
What resources would you recommend for a beginning writer? [more inside]
Looking for cheap squared paper notebooks, available either online or the UK high street (not Staples or Paperchase, I can't get to these easily and Paperchase sucks up all my money) preferably with tough covers. Moleskines are too small and expensive! [more inside]
How often are the stories of a comic, novel, play, TV series, movie, or song conceived by the writer's friend, relative, acquaintance, neighbor, mailman, dog, etc? [more inside]
Does there exist a culture where sex doesn't result in orgasm? [more inside]
I'm at that point in my PhD where my experiment is (almost) up and running, so I have more free time to do other stuff. I've decided that writing a general introduction to my thesis will be less beneficial than trying to get a review article published. How do I go about writing a review article, from the perspective of an unpublished graduate student? [more inside]
What would be the best web-based file hosting service to use as a shared "Documents" folder for the various members of my writing workshop? [more inside]
I can only write well when I'm inspired, and even then it's only at blog-post length. Any time I set out do something larger, my brain shuts down. [more inside]
I'm interested in writing one history book in my life, over a long period of time. I'm not, and most likely will not be getting, any sort of degree in history. I'm currently pursuing another career, and would like to research this over a long period, on the side. What would I be doing now to make this happen? [more inside]
Point me in the direction of your favorite writing(s) about love - you know, the stuff that talks about it in a way that you always wished you'd thought to. [more inside]
I'm a freelancer who mostly lives by writing web content on a wide variety of topics for very low pay. By doing this for some time, I've learned quite a bit about SEO, social marketing, and so on. I also know a bit about web design and the technical skills required. So, I'm thinking it would be really nice to go into business for myself instead of making a small percentage of the revenue that my content generates...but the one aspect of this that I really don't know anything about is the business aspect. For example, figuring out how likely it is that this plan could be feasible at all, and what my overall strategy should be. [more inside]
Can you think of any recent writing, or art, about it being somehow intellectually damaging, or spiritually dangerous, or in any other way harmful to constantly be plugged into content, particularly via an ipod or some other mp3 player? [more inside]
Looking for independent news sites and journalists' blogs [more inside]