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What questions to ask first-time authors?

I belong to a mystery writers club and I have been asked to moderate a panel in February. On the panel will be three mystery authors who have just recently published their first books. If you were in the audience what questions or topics would you (as a reader, aspiring writer or published writer) like the panel to cover?
posted by storybored on Jan 21, 2010 - 10 answers

How can I export a list of names from my spam?

Help me make the most of spam! No, I don't want to send it. I want to receive it - and have some fun with it. And I need your help, especially if you know how to export bits of email. [more inside]
posted by 2oh1 on Jan 18, 2010 - 15 answers

But she didn't actually shoot anyone

fiction writing filter - I'm writing a story set in anytown, USA. I know that gun laws are different everywhere, and I've googled gun laws for each state, but they don't really answer my question. So, here goes... [more inside]
posted by patheral on Jan 18, 2010 - 11 answers

dot the i with a heart

Why do younger women have bubble or circle style handwriting and older women do not? [more inside]
posted by asockpuppet on Jan 16, 2010 - 29 answers

What are your favorite non-fiction anthologies?

I really enjoy reading those anthologies of the best American non-fiction stories that come out every year -- particularly because they a) are easy to finish in 20-40 minutes and b) introduce me to new magazines/writers/concepts. I'm looking for other compendiums of magazine-style writing or articles or suggestions on where to go to find new collections of feature-length non-fiction pieces. [more inside]
posted by melodykramer on Jan 14, 2010 - 17 answers

where can i get my writing critiqued?

I want to become a better writer. Is there a place online where people can critique my writing, and I can critique theirs? How would I get involved in that? [more inside]
posted by rebent on Jan 10, 2010 - 9 answers

Academic scientific writing: how?

Help me improve my academic scientific writing skills. [more inside]
posted by coolnik on Jan 7, 2010 - 15 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

Help me find the stuff I wrote way back when.

What is the best and fastest way to locate articles written by me that were published ten years ago? [more inside]
posted by medea42 on Jan 6, 2010 - 7 answers

Archiving Freelance Internet Writing

How do freelance web writers/journalists archive their published work for portfolios or C.V.s or other reasons? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Jan 5, 2010 - 4 answers

There's a reason they call it a cursor

On a related theme to this question, how can I recover my writing mojo after nearly a decade's hiatus? [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island on Dec 31, 2009 - 12 answers

Successful collaboration on large, technical Word documents?

Scientists and other academics: Please advise on strategies for successful collaboration on large, technical Word documents. [more inside]
posted by Jacqueline on Dec 28, 2009 - 18 answers

Query, propose, publish.

I want the best resources to help me write a nonfiction book proposal. [more inside]
posted by Ouisch on Dec 22, 2009 - 3 answers

What should be on a "Personal MFA in Creative Writing" reading list?

What titles should be on a "Personal MFA in Creative Writing Fiction" reading list? [more inside]
posted by thepalephantom on Dec 22, 2009 - 18 answers

Help her tell her story

What is a good screenwriting class in NYC? [more inside]
posted by shothotbot on Dec 17, 2009 - 3 answers

How do I force myself to write more freely again?

I've started writing too slow, thinking too much, not imprisoning the editor, etc. I'm looking for an online or osx tool that encourages writing. It might be as simple as a field that asks you to enter x words within y time. I am having trouble shifting my mindset.
posted by kingfisher, his musclebound cat on Dec 15, 2009 - 14 answers

Need to edit

What are the best online and print/book resources for English language editors? Also, any current or past editors, do you have any knowledge, wisdom, tricks, hacks, for an editing newbie, which you would like to share? Thanks.
posted by barrakuda on Dec 14, 2009 - 10 answers

Can you suggest me a cool diary?

Please help me to find a cool offline diary [more inside]
posted by jfricke on Dec 10, 2009 - 3 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

How can I work as a writing and editing contractor?

How can I get writing and editing contracts in Australia? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 8, 2009 - 2 answers

How much to charge for a catalog essay?

How much should a freelance writer charge for a catalog essay? [more inside]
posted by serial_consign on Dec 7, 2009 - 9 answers

How to edit citations

Footnote filter: I am writing a non-fiction, non-academic book and need help determining what to include in my citations. [more inside]
posted by quidividi on Dec 5, 2009 - 5 answers

Writer meets arthritis

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

Teaching English, reading and writing to a 15 yr old street kid who's never been to school.

Do you have any advice for teaching English comprehension, as well as reading and writing, to a fifteen year old Filipino street kid who's never been to school a day in his life? [more inside]
posted by ferdinandcc on Dec 1, 2009 - 13 answers

You only need to stare at a piece of blank paper until your forehead bleeds.

I really, really want to write creatively but I hate writing creatively. WTF? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2009 - 41 answers

How Do We Get Into Grant Writing?

How can we get into grant writing for other people? I've had good luck getting money out of the Canadian government for my screenwriting, I've done successful book proposals, and my wife has done all sorts of other successful applications. I am told a grant writer can claim 30-35% of a successful grant. How do we get into this line of work?
posted by musofire on Nov 29, 2009 - 8 answers

That is the question.

What is a good heuristic for the usage of 'that'? [more inside]
posted by ageispolis on Nov 25, 2009 - 10 answers

Lookin' for words in all the wrong places

Between my iPhone's Stanza app and the loooooong quiet days ahead of me in the office during the holiday season, I'd like to read some stuff online. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Nov 25, 2009 - 6 answers

Difficulty of writing and speaking English?

Is English much more difficult than most languages to speak and to write? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano on Nov 23, 2009 - 37 answers

Will a newspaper job inch me closer to a career in public relations?

Job_Offer_Filter: I'm a struggling freelance writer trying to (someday) break into the pr/communications field. I've just been offered a staff writer position at a small local newspaper. Does accepting the job inch me closer to my desired field? Or just burden me with a ton of unmarketable experience? [more inside]
posted by sureshot on Nov 23, 2009 - 11 answers

Help me become a better scientist

My goal is to have a career as a successful researcher in the biological sciences; however, I do not like writing. Is my goal unobtainable? [more inside]
posted by Lord Force Crater on Nov 16, 2009 - 18 answers

Help me find a site that people list their favorite words on

I bookmarked a site years ago that was all about people listing their favorite words - sort of like "delicious" but for word nerds. Does anyone have a clue what this is? thanks
posted by debu on Nov 15, 2009 - 7 answers

Can my chronomancer dodge bullets?

I have some weird, tricky physics questions based on a fantastic (non-real) premise, involving bullet speed and potential injury. [more inside]
posted by Caduceus on Nov 11, 2009 - 31 answers

Where should I volunteer?

Breaking out of my funk filter: I'd like to do some volunteer work on a regular but limited basis (say, a couple hours a week). I feel that writing is one of my skills, and in the past I've helped friends write really great resumes and cover letters, so I think this might be a good thing for me to focus on. I suppose helping with writing college essays might also work. I have an idea that I'd like to work with veterans specifically, although I'm open to different ideas. And I live in the SF Bay Area. So can you suggest organizations that I might work with - either in my ideal scenario of helping vets with resumes - or doing something else that would utilize my skills?
posted by serazin on Nov 11, 2009 - 8 answers

Ideal location for writing frenzy?

I am taking January off work to finish as much of my PhD writing up as I can. I know that I will be totally unproductive if I try and work at home, so am thinking of escaping somewhere (library, hotel, cottage, writing retreat?) for up to four weeks. I’d welcome suggestions, both generic ones about types of locations that have worked for you and also specific suggestions (I live in the UK). I’m thinking that working somewhere with busy but quiet people around would work better for me than total isolation, but am open to any ideas. I don’t need to bring lots of stuff with me and am probably better off without wifi (although internet access requiring a bit of hassle could be useful to check references etc). Money not a particular object as I’m going to have to pay another year’s fees (£3k) if I don’t finish soon, anyway...
posted by janecr on Nov 11, 2009 - 20 answers

How can I talk to children?

How can I talk to children? [more inside]
posted by meadowlark lime on Nov 6, 2009 - 12 answers

How can I find a school nurse to let me shadow her for an article?

How can I find a school nurse to let me shadow her for an article? [more inside]
posted by rinosaur on Nov 4, 2009 - 8 answers

There's no way I'm going to J-school: What can I read, instead?

What books can I read that will give me some idea of what it might take for me to make my living as a writer or journalist? [more inside]
posted by AAAA on Nov 3, 2009 - 19 answers

Innovative Book Designs

Innovative Books: I am looking to compile a list of the most innovative uses of the book format. Books that break the mould in their layout and design, perhaps books that use online systems to extend their content value or push their form into new places. I am most interested in narrative and theory, but any book that is interesting (artist books etc.) would be really appreciated. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Nov 1, 2009 - 29 answers

Know any good blogs by high school or college age females?

Know any good blogs by high school or college age females? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Oct 28, 2009 - 7 answers

Long-Distance Friendship for Introverts

Introvert Filter: please help me revive a friendship! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 27, 2009 - 18 answers

Words to money

(Pro)sefilter: want to sell prose. Looking for advice. [more inside]
posted by schmichael on Oct 27, 2009 - 5 answers

Political extremism in literature

Novels where political extremism is an underlying theme. [more inside]
posted by thesailor on Oct 26, 2009 - 32 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

Tell me about this sentence construction

Tell me everything you know about this sentence construction: "Are you finished your lunch?" [more inside]
posted by peep on Oct 22, 2009 - 91 answers

What are the most well-written textbooks?

What are the most well-written (i.e., enjoyable to read) textbooks and/or books written for an academic audience? I'm not looking for the "best" textbook on any given subject, but textbooks on any topic that are compelling to read because of the wit and lucidity of the writing style. [more inside]
posted by crLLC on Oct 21, 2009 - 32 answers

Help me get a handle on this mass of writing!

WriterFilter: I need help organizing this large, sprawling, and motley set of Word files into the first draft of a novel. [more inside]
posted by sister nunchaku of love and mercy on Oct 19, 2009 - 14 answers

Who will educate the educators [Writing Class Ideas]?

I have 2 hours to lecture to a bunch of 18 year-olds how to write well. The bulk of their work-load will be somewhere along the lines of position papers, research papers and summaries of conferences. How do I keep them glued to their chairs? More info in explanation. [more inside]
posted by eytanb on Oct 19, 2009 - 9 answers

I'll have eight hours to write a screenplay from start to finish. Help!

Screenwriters - advice for coming up wirth effective short film scripts QUICKLY! [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy on Oct 19, 2009 - 11 answers

Short passages of particularly strong or weak nonfiction prose?

In search of short passages of especially strong or weak nonfiction prose! [more inside]
posted by cymru_j on Oct 17, 2009 - 8 answers

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