I worked at a newspaper for five years. I quit three years ago. Now, about 25% of the staff is getting laid off, including some friends. I don't have a problem talking to those friends about any of this. But then there are other people I liked but haven't kept in touch with (at most, I've seen them at a few gatherings). What do I say to those former co-workers I liked who are now getting the ax? I figure they could use a kind word and a vote of confidence. [more inside]
Looking for books that talk about aspects of society or culture in new and interesting ways. [more inside]
I'm teaching a college-level feature writing class this spring, and while I've taught the class before, I'm looking for new ideas for in-class writing exercises and short assignments. [more inside]
I have a web site. I want to write a book based on the topic. I have publishers/agents asking to talk to me, but I don't know if I'm ready. For one thing, I'm not convinced traditional publication is best — I'm intrigued by self-publishing and e-books. I'm looking for general advice: What are the pros and cons of each method? It seems that unless I'm lucky, traditional publishing offers the lowest dollar return. But are there other, intangible benefits I'm missing? Exposure? Having somebody who knows what they're doing guide me along? And how do I approach a discussion with agents/publishers so as to get the best deal? [more inside]
How can I assess the economic value of an employee (namely me)? [more inside]
New Year resolution: write a novel this year. Need some resources [more inside]
So Hunter S Thompson's dead and I don't really know which writers to turn to, as the American election year gets underway, who can bring the mad skills, the savage wit, and the dedication to cutting through the usual bullshit. Wanna-be gonzo schtick I'm not so excited by; clear, fearless, honest voices for the win! Drug references optional. [more inside]
Any examples of great works of literature that were written on scraps of paper or created using inferior devices?
Is there such a book as "The London Times Historical Atlas"? Google and Amazon are clueless. [more inside]
What are some good modern travelogues where the author is retracing a historic route? Especially ones where the original traveler wrote an account that the author weaves into the narrative.
I'll be teaching a first-year composition class at university. What I teach, I hope, is critical thinking, invention and arrangement of writing. The topic for the semester is American radical thought. I am looking for suggestions for essays, visual pieces (art, film, video), songs (audio & lyrics) that cover a wide range of radical response & resistance. [more inside]
How to get started writing comedically? [more inside]
Does anyone know where to find good writing prompts? [more inside]
Who's written fiction within the last 5-10 years, that deals realistically with the experience of American people under 40? [more inside]
I'm compiling a list of popular bon mots of the kind that are usually written in yearbooks, memory books, autograph books, etc. Things that are typically written by adolescents and teenagers to their friends and classmates. [more inside]
To those of you with greeting card aspirations: my mom works at a small college and has been tasked with coming up with a message for birthday cards that will be sent from the president to all school employees through out the year. [more inside]
I'm planning to co-author a book with a semi-famous person who wants to tell her own story, but needs help with the writing part. My biggest question is about money - how should we split it? It's her story, but I'll be doing most of the writing. Yet we are attempting to treat this as a real collaboration where we edit together, pass drafts back and forth, and so forth. Any sense of what percentage is appropriate for each of us? Also, should I join the Writers Union
to get help with this type of question? I'd like to join on principal but I'm your classic broke writer, so the dues feel prohibitive. Thanks!
What does copywriting pay?
A computer consulting firm wants to hire me to write founder bios, customer service email templates, redo the copy on their website, etc. Also maybe some light technical writing.
As far as experience, I've done all that (unpaid) for a startup of my own, which was very successful. I'm also a very experienced popular writer (articles and books). But never did this sort of copywriting for pay. What's typical renumeration?
I'm looking for books, fiction or nonfiction, where the main character claims no country as his/her own [more inside]
Do you sponsor a child? What do you write to them? [more inside]
What book writing software exists for Max OSX? [more inside]
Where can I begin to learn or practice calligraphy in Southern California? [more inside]
What type of stories win the Toronto Star's short story contest? I mean, beyond what's in the Star's rules and guidelines -- does history show a bias towards a certain subject matter or style, etc.? The judges are from the Humber College creative writing program -- does that mean there are any types of writing that are especially in/out of favour?
What monsters are still scary? When described with words only? [more inside]
I need to write a paper about Hegel. An eleven-page paper. I have the knowledge, I have the skills, and I sort of have the time. But what about? [more inside]
Is there a term for writing only on the right-hand page of notebooks then flipping the notebook over and working from back cover to front cover? [more inside]
What sort of things should I write about to my soldier pen pal? [more inside]
I will be tutoring my friend in writing skills. I am not a teacher. HELP PLEASE [more inside]
I'm currently writing a novel. Should I use LaTex instead of MS Word? [more inside]
Help me keep my keep my short stories organised, with a view to putting them on a web-page. [more inside]
Does anyone know what blog script/cms sites like thelastboss.com & wwtdd.com & filmdrunk.com use?
How can I help students improve their writing via comments on written assignments? [more inside]
Should I transcribe what I'm hearing in my head? How? (And should I see a shrink?) [more inside]
I would like to start a blog, but I'd like the support of a blog network. Where can I begin? What networks should I contact? Thanks!
What would you recommend to someone who wants to increase their confidence in their writing abilities? (books/websites/other resources) [more inside]
Book research: Will cats drink red wine? [more inside]
I have problems reading and writing in a linear fashion. [more inside]
I wish for a web site full of pre-written explanations, or links to such collected here, for various good web practices, so that I can send them to my clients (some of whom are pro-bono) when I'm too impatient or frustrated to calmly say why editing the web _shouldn't_ be like editing a "Word" document; or why putting a huge snapshot on their home page isn't a good idea... [more inside]
Does anyone have a suggestion for where to go in Montreal to improve my written French?
I'm trying to write a paper on [blank]'s Effects on Society. I'm trying to find a paper to mirror with the similar skeleton, are there any "must read" papers that have similar scope? [more inside]
How do I format extended quotes in my document using Chicago Manual style? [more inside]
I am applying to grad school. The deadline is approaching. Where can I go to get my letter of intent (personal statement) read and critiqued? [more inside]
Help me orchestrate long-distance brainstorming sessions for writing a TV series, at little or no cost. [more inside]
Low-cost, bare-bones, all I wanna do is type - recommend me a low-cost, take-anywhere laptop alternative. [more inside]
I'm published, but not here. How do I continue to get further into the writing business? [more inside]
I'm applying for a job that wants me to include writing clips/samples in an email. How do I arrange these? I have no idea what writing clips should look like and how I should format them.
I'd like to get published. What are some good business motivational magazines to submit my work to? [more inside]
I've written some fiction. Now I want to see if it's any good. [more inside]
On occasion, I have dreams in which I write a story within a dream, and by the end I complete a bona fide epic novel, which, to my dream mind is the best book ever written (naturally, 5 minutes after awakening every detail of the “book” vanishes from my mind). Have any famous (or not so famous) writers ever written or talked about this phenomenon, of writing books within dreams? And does this mean that I have a novel or two in me waiting to get out, or is it something more mundane? [more inside]
What would a teenage boy learn about women from reading romance novels?