What does the Chinese character in Fae Myenne Ng's Steer Towards Rock
frequently used to mark chapters mean? And what writing style is it in? You can see the character in the Amazon look-inside feature for the book
(click excerpt on the left to see the character).
Do any accredited, respectable, non-residential
, MFA Writing programs exist out there? [more inside]
I'm a highschool kid, good with computers, looking for an online job regarding computers? [more inside]
Don't servers hate it when people camp in coffee houses and cafes for hours to write? [more inside]
How can I force myself to write? [more inside]
The phenomenology / ontology of text: has anyone examined this issue directly in philosophical, literary and/or critical terms? [more inside]
I feel the need to be creative, but can't figure out what sort of outlet is the best to get my ideas out. How do I figure out what sort of creativity I have? [more inside]
Footnote experts/writers: Please help me decide the best way to use footnotes in my document. [more inside]
What are your favourite pieces of creative nonfiction? [more inside]
Help a freshman comp teacher out! I need a fun writing exercise to fill 70 minutes of class time. [more inside]
i want to live/work with indigenous peoples in the amazon, write literature, and honor my immigrant parents by avoiding a hedonistic/freewheeling lifestyle. how do i do all these things? [more inside]
Working writers: how do you carve out time for fiction? [more inside]
Tété-Michel Kpomassie: where is he now? Whatever happened to him? I can't find other books by him after An African in Greenland; I've read he eventually received French citizenship and lives there now - but what does he do? He must have written other books or articles, right? Anyone know?
Point me to some great examples of limited third person viewpoint. [more inside]
If you had to write a paper on something related to international law, what would it be? [more inside]
Help me find the rest of this poem: "to be a woman/ you don't have to put on lipstick/ or wear makeup".... [more inside]
Up for serious discussion: What are the ethics of writing under a pseudonym? [more inside]
I've been doing some thinking lately about blogs. It seems that most of the really popular, successful blogs stick to one topic or another, pretty well defined (food, books, politics, celebrities, etc.).
Are there any really popular or successful (in the sense of widely-read, or just good to read) blogs that are about a variety of topics, or that take the 'one person's views on a whole bunch of things' model?
This is a bit of a follow up to this question
. I'm contemplating a small comics project staring a fictionalised version of HP Lovecraft (something I've done before but thsi will be slight higher profile) and the title will be something along the lnes of "H.P. Lovecraft's World of Weirdness". Is the use of his name in the title like that, which might imply some kind of authorship or endorsement or somesuch, likely to bring the Lovecraft estate down on me like a ton of bricks?
Writing Filter: How do I get published, or to be exact, how do I network with editors, so I can do some freelance writing on the side? [more inside]
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.
I'm going to be writing a profile of a business professor who has won some teaching awards. I'll be interviewing him on the phone. What questions should I ask that would help me raise the interview above the lame threshold? I'd like the profile to be insightful and interesting.
Best book for grant writing? [more inside]
What are some good sites to find short-term freelance writing/Internet gigs? Similar to this post
, I'm looking for some temp work that will bring in a little supplemental income. [more inside]
I need a crash course in Self Promotion for Artists 101. Help! [more inside]
What are the best ways to learn shorthand? [more inside]
Why do novelists use "________" in place of a character's name? [more inside]
Academic writing filter: I am a painfully slow writer. How might I go about developing a composition process that's higher-output, requires less concentration, and is more revision-friendly? [more inside]
I need a new name!!! I've written a book for friends and non-primary caregiver family
(NOT for primary caregivers) regarding illness and death. [more inside]
Last October I left a great full-time job, ostensibly to write a novel. Now it's a year later and, for a variety of reasons all having to do with me, there's no novel and chances are slim that there's going to be one. I'll have to go back to work eventually. When coworkers ask me how the book is going, what do I tell them to save the greatest amount of face? [more inside]
Free school options in New York? [more inside]
How do I kill the perfectionism, the precious and fearful impulses, and the self-doubt that keeps me from completing my creative writing projects. [more inside]
How to effectively teach law students legal research and writing? [more inside]
I need resources to improve my news writing. I'm already working in a newsroom, so this isn't a"halp mee, I wants to be a writter" post. Rather, I want to increase my fluency in the basics so that tight, accurate prose always flows naturally, even under deadline. I'd also like to increase my vocabulary and craft skills as a writer so that when I'm less pressed for time, I can really make the language dance.
I am trying to get a better understanding of Kate Chopin's "The Awakening" **Spoiler Alert** [more inside]
Has anyone made their hobby their job and NOT been happy with the decision? I'm specifically thinking about television writing but other fields would apply... [more inside]
What are your favorite quick-drying and/or absolutely smudge-proof markers, both for easel paper and whiteboard? Also, techniques to help a lefty avoid smudges wil be much appreciated. [more inside]
Please explain a few bits of television script convention to me. [more inside]
What's the deal with getting a creative writing MFA from an American school, as a Canadian? [more inside]
Can you help me find essay communities? I would like to find a place to read other people's essays and share my own for possible feedback. [more inside]
Looking for interesting, not cheesy, ideas to get 8th-10th graders warmed up for an afternoon of writing and discussion. [more inside]
I don't like Microsoft Word much; it feels really bloated to me, and has so many features I never use. I've been looking for an alternative for some time. What word processor does the hivemind recommend for academic writing? [more inside]
Syncing between laptops: How can I easily and automatically sync files and documents between two laptops using Bluetooth? Ideally I want to load up one machine in the vicinity of the other and have all my recent data (documents/data/RSS feeds etc.) syncronised with NO hassle.
Any good apps out there? [more inside]
Under pain of death, define your own personal "artistic statement". [more inside]
Where can I find examples of profile-writing that say as much about the profiler
as the profilee
? [more inside]
How does one find work as a script reader in Hollywood? What are other bottom-rung industry jobs for writers? [more inside]
ChicagoManualofStyleFilter: I'm trying to figure out what Chicago dictates (is there even guidance here?) for proper setup of title page info for a short paper of perhaps five pages or less without a title page. That is to say, how does the information that would go on a title page get formatted when one isn't used. Name/date/course/prof/etc., moved to the top of the first page. Can anyone point me to a specific section in the manual? Bonus question: I know what it vaguely looks like (LastName PageNumber), but I'm also looking for specific guidance for last name and page number info in the short paper's header. Thanks!
How do I improve my writing skills beyond the good-enough-for-a-student level when my school seems neither interested nor capable of teaching me? [more inside]
A question about creating literary mythologies and the antagonistic forces within them. [more inside]
I would like to have a few guest writers write some articles for my blog. How do I sort out the basic logistics of this? [more inside]