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How can I quit using overused words and phrases?

How can I avoid using common, cliché words and phrases in my speech and writing, and come up with better ones? [more inside]
posted by relucent on Dec 28, 2008 - 10 answers

Listen to me and I'll write it down

I write like I talk and so my writing is not great but my spoken stories are magnetic. Help me put these stories to paper! [more inside]
posted by parmanparman on Dec 27, 2008 - 10 answers

I want to help the Fox and the Bird

What do i need to learn to make add-ons of my own for Firefox and/or Songbird? [more inside]
posted by photomusic86 on Dec 24, 2008 - 6 answers

Help me become a man of letters.

Looking for older but well written essays that are available online at project gutenberg or other source. The style might be humorous or very serious. I am to some extent familiar with the shorter writings of J K Jerome and Bertrand Russel and looking for more in a similar vein. [more inside]
posted by ilike on Dec 21, 2008 - 14 answers

How to Write Short Stuff Better?

How do I learn to write crisp, short and in-depth memos? [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Dec 18, 2008 - 14 answers

Gay Writing

Can anyone recommend good novels about gay people? Not just genre fiction but actually literature? It seems to me there must be, but I've never been able to find any.
posted by blue shadows on Dec 14, 2008 - 57 answers

What is the healthiest "upper"?

What is the healthiest "upper"? [more inside]
posted by Idiot Mittens on Dec 13, 2008 - 38 answers

Examples of teaching drawing or writing in Second Life?

I will shortly be introducing a friend of mine to Second Life. She's an academic, and will be most interested in locations in SL that are related to the teaching of art (especially drawing and cartooning) and the teaching of writing. I would be most grateful for any suggestions anyone might have of locations we could visit.
posted by zainsubani on Dec 10, 2008 - 1 answer

How/can I learn to write and think faster?

Can I learn how to write and think faster? Any tips you'd suggest? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 10, 2008 - 9 answers

Examples of successful creative grant/fellowship/scholarship applications?

Where can I find examples of successful applications for grants, fellowships and scholarships related to writing and/or international research, along the lines of Fulbright, NEA, etc? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Dec 9, 2008 - 6 answers

How to safely get an endorsement?

OK, I've posted on this subject before. Each time, I'm a little further along. Here is where I am right now. I've been working on a book since March. The idea upon which the book is based has been getting a lot of attention recently and has consistently been in the news for about four years. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Dec 8, 2008 - 5 answers

Should I fire the client?

Firetheclientfilter: I did a deal for freelance writing, agreed to a flat rate, have found the client to be unreasonable and inflexible, feel like this is fast becoming a bottomless pit of time and frustration. Politely pull the plug? [more inside]
posted by ambient2 on Dec 7, 2008 - 11 answers

Brevity is the soul of wit, which is funny, because it reminds me of this short joke I heard a few months ago...

How can I be less long-winded? [more inside]
posted by contessa on Dec 5, 2008 - 36 answers

Birthday gift for a blogger

Looking for a birthday gift for a blogger friend. [more inside]
posted by telsa on Dec 4, 2008 - 9 answers

What current rhet/comp issues are you into?

Describe some current issues in English Rhetoric and/or Composition that are interesting to you. [more inside]
posted by hpliferaft on Dec 3, 2008 - 7 answers

Boy requires more conclusions in writing.

As a result of my poor vocabulary, I use the term 'as a result', 'therefore,' and other like words far too often. Help me state my conclusions with eloquence! [more inside]
posted by mrgreyisyelling on Dec 3, 2008 - 26 answers

I find the nature of this technique Quite Intriguing.

What's the deal with Sarcastic Caps? You know The Kind I Mean. [more inside]
posted by Rhaomi on Dec 2, 2008 - 26 answers

Good Books About Groups?

Good books that about a type of person/subculture/etc., which does not necessarily hang out together or think of itself as a group? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Dec 2, 2008 - 3 answers

How do I know how good a writer I am?

How do I know how good a writer I am? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2008 - 34 answers

Book'n It

Good books or blogs on writing your first non-fiction book? [more inside]
posted by Spurious on Nov 29, 2008 - 5 answers

Looking for writing software which can parse my stories..

When I was in high school, we had a writing lab with some type of mainframe-ish type terminals setup, where there was writing software available which would list frequently repeated words, point out large paragraphs, spelling errors, document complexity, punctuation errors, etc. This was awhile ago, is this type of thing freely available anywhere these days? [more inside]
posted by ceberon on Nov 26, 2008 - 5 answers

How to break into science writing for magazines?

How to break into science writing for magazines? What are the strengths/weaknesses of using a traditional vs non-mainstream approach (eg, a blog). [more inside]
posted by Wolfster on Nov 26, 2008 - 3 answers

How many men have written work under a woman's name?

Can you think of any men who write, or have written, or create in any medium, under a woman's name? (I'm excluding transsexuals, and examples such as men in Shakespearean theatre and Japanese Noh Theatre.) There are plenty of women who have written under men's names, but I can't come up with a single example of the other way round. A true situation, or just my ignorance? [more inside]
posted by kestralwing on Nov 25, 2008 - 43 answers

Does anyone know shorthand?

I'm working on a historical postcard exhibition and one of our postcards has some type of shorthand as the message. I was wondering if anyone could translate it? I don't know what type of shorthand it might be written in. [more inside]
posted by sweetmarie on Nov 20, 2008 - 13 answers

Help with Pitching a Book.

Something I've been involved in for several years has been getting a lot of publicity lately. And I've just been told that it is about to get some national publicity within the week. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Nov 16, 2008 - 8 answers

Quality nonfiction writing courses (online)?

Can anyone point the way to a reputable online writing course that deals with the mechanics of good writing (not plot, character, narrative, etc)? [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee on Nov 15, 2008 - 3 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

Frustration

I'm a writer/translator who is crap at writing cover letters. Yes, I am dumb. Please help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 13, 2008 - 2 answers

What does the word "pegamoid" mean?

What does the word "pegamoid" mean? Context inside. [more inside]
posted by crossoverman on Nov 12, 2008 - 2 answers

Salvaging freshman comp?

Help me to not suck at teaching! (focus on analytic reading) [more inside]
posted by puckish on Nov 12, 2008 - 14 answers

Comparing writing styles

I'm aware that it is possible to compare different samples of writing to assess whether they have the same or different authors. How would I go about doing this? Is there publicly available software or would I have to go to an expert?
posted by biffa on Nov 11, 2008 - 7 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

To Book or not to Book?

How much of book one do I have to explain in book two, if book two is part of a series I'm writing? [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Nov 7, 2008 - 9 answers

Volunteer writing tutoring in MN?

Are there any organizations like 826michigan in Minnesota? [more inside]
posted by sciapod on Nov 5, 2008 - 2 answers

Insert a witty title of your choosing.

What does a copywriter do, and would I like doing it? [more inside]
posted by santojulieta on Nov 5, 2008 - 15 answers

Technology writers also get free goodies, too.

I love to write. I love technology. How do I get started in writing about technology? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Nov 1, 2008 - 13 answers

Editor's block

free-lance writing filter: How to deal with an unresponsive editor, and how to approach new editors? details below. [more inside]
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Oct 27, 2008 - 8 answers

What great quotes should I use to describe plan, section and elevation drawings in architecture?

I'm writing a paper which deals with architectural representation. In doing so I'm providing very brief explanations of plans, sections & elevations intended to bring a non-design crowd up to speed on these conventions. I'm looking for informative and quasi-poetic quotes to describe, contextualize and problematize these drawing types. What should I use? [more inside]
posted by serial_consign on Oct 26, 2008 - 3 answers

Help me write right in NYC.

I'm not a very good writer, but I would like to change that. Can anyone recommend a writing course in NYC? A course in fiction or non-fiction creative writing or a general composition course would fit the bill. I'm definitely a beginner. Thanks!
posted by defreckled on Oct 23, 2008 - 6 answers

Seeking original, unique, oddball novels and stories

What are your favorite unconventional novels and short stories? [more inside]
posted by mizrachi on Oct 21, 2008 - 74 answers

Novels set in the 1970s?

What are some good novels set in the US of the mid-late seventies? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Oct 21, 2008 - 17 answers

Help me write excellent online dating emails.

I'm not a bad writer, but I'm really, really bad at writing online dating emails. Please give me some tips on how to write an excellent online dating email. [more inside]
posted by Sloop John B on Oct 20, 2008 - 43 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

Write Fight!

I'm looking to create a competitive writing site, does such a thing exist? [more inside]
posted by The Power Nap on Oct 14, 2008 - 7 answers

How old is Dick Hoyt?

Does anyone know Dick Hoyt's date of birth? [more inside]
posted by Felicity Rilke on Oct 14, 2008 - 2 answers

January, it's just this month, you know?

I have a month in which to do a project. What kind of project, you ask? Good question. Perhaps something fun, perhaps something educational, perhaps something mind-expanding. The options, they are endless. [more inside]
posted by Rinku on Oct 13, 2008 - 10 answers

Dammit, Jim, I'm a Writer, Not A Salesman!

I know how you write an article, I know how you write a short story, I know how you write a book. But how do you write a marketing plan? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Oct 9, 2008 - 7 answers

Podcasts - the final frontier

I have a backlog of themed music reviews I'd like to repurpose into podcasts. How to find appropriate markets? [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit on Oct 8, 2008 - 0 answers

Ne'er-do-well needs a job. Bit terrified.

Never really worked before. Soon to be single mother. Need career. Told I can write well. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 7, 2008 - 36 answers

Can anyone suggest potential clients for a freelance or contract medical writer?

Can anyone suggest potential clients for a freelance or contract medical writer? Help me hive mind! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 6, 2008 - 1 answer

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