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In screenwriting terminology, what are "bookends"?

In screenwriting terminology, what are "bookends"? [more inside]
posted by paperfingers on Apr 5, 2007 - 24 answers

Is there anyone else like Chuck out there?

I really love Chuck Klosterman's writing. Please help me find more authors/columnists like him. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 5, 2007 - 10 answers

how do you move a story without being in it?

fiction writers: how do you move a story without being in it? [more inside]
posted by mirileh on Apr 3, 2007 - 28 answers

I want to write once, get paid twice

I have written a couple of travel/food articles for large U.S. newspapers. Once they are published, I am free to resell them. The questions: Where? How? [more inside]
posted by veggieboy on Mar 28, 2007 - 1 answer

I don't want to be Carrie Bradshaw, how do I avoid it?!

I jokingly refer to my life and every experience I've had so far as "research" and say I'm going to write a book about it. But I'm not trying to be the next Carrie Bradshaw. [more inside]
posted by slyboots421 on Mar 23, 2007 - 8 answers

I never give congratulations in restaurants...

Spelling filter: Why do I ALWAYS struggle with the same few particular words? [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Mar 20, 2007 - 44 answers

Need an epigraph!

Epigraphfilter: Help me think of something good (or, barring that, something funny) to kick off my senior thesis. The paper is about why nations sometimes sneak around the established, public, legally recognized way of writing treaties when they cooperate. [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint on Mar 16, 2007 - 10 answers

fastest rejections in short literature

What magazines have the best slush turnaround times? This is a question for submitters and editorial assistants alike about average response times for unsolicited works. [more inside]
posted by shownomercy on Mar 12, 2007 - 12 answers

How to Market my Writing Course

Marketing Question: Suggestions needed about how I get my User Document writing course (for non-writers) in front of my target market. [more inside]
posted by mbarryf on Mar 12, 2007 - 1 answer

Software Reccomendations: Writing a Paper While Keeping An Outline

Need toms help finding a good program or method for maintaining an outline structure within an essay. As you can tell, I'm having a hard time describing my problem. [more inside]
posted by rossination on Mar 9, 2007 - 9 answers

How did the collapse of the Western Roman Empire affect the quality of Latin writing?

How did the Latin language degenerate during the collapse of the Western Roman Empire? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Mar 5, 2007 - 14 answers

Books about writing non fiction

I need recommendations on books about nonfiction writing. [more inside]
posted by BradNelson on Mar 4, 2007 - 16 answers

Juggling a job and freelance work

Do my job and freelance clients all need to know about each other? [more inside]
posted by serialcomma on Mar 1, 2007 - 13 answers

Please help me overcome my congential elitism.

What do you know about the M.A. in Writing program at DePaul University or about such programs in general? [more inside]
posted by zadermatermorts on Feb 28, 2007 - 7 answers

Please list anything and everything that has to do with interns and internships

I'm writing an essay on interns and internships and I need suggestions for books, films, songs (?), quotations, etc., about or that reference, surprise, interns and internships in some way. [more inside]
posted by Cochise on Feb 27, 2007 - 17 answers

Will blogging while writing my book create copyright problems?

I'm writing a book and keeping a blog along the way. I have a questions about copyright law in case I want to use text from the blog posts. [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw on Feb 25, 2007 - 13 answers

I've got the will and the time to write - but about what?

Am I crazy to think about trying to find a field or topic to write about purely based on potential popularity? If not, how? [more inside]
posted by nanojath on Feb 24, 2007 - 19 answers

Ideas on how to write a Peace Corps book

I need help putting together a book about my Peace Corps experiences, though I have no idea where to even begin. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by brokekid on Feb 23, 2007 - 15 answers

Pitching a TV show?

I have an idea for a television show. What are the guidelines for a treatment/pilot? [more inside]
posted by bardic on Feb 17, 2007 - 8 answers

Help me concoct the essay portion of this test

I want to give a job applicant a writing test. [more inside]
posted by Mister_A on Feb 15, 2007 - 15 answers

Do Novelists Dream of Bodies Electrific?

Charles Dickens claimed he never dreamt about his characters. Is this par for the course for fictionists? [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones on Feb 14, 2007 - 10 answers

What is your favorite highlighter?

The best commonly-available highlighter? [more inside]
posted by coolhappysteve on Feb 11, 2007 - 19 answers

Help me be a better self-editor

How do I improve my self editing/proofreading skills when it comes to the writing I produce for work? [more inside]
posted by suasponte on Feb 9, 2007 - 27 answers

How many Pages to Write a Novel?

How many type written pages make up a novel? [more inside]
posted by finitejest on Feb 9, 2007 - 12 answers

Is this right? How to write it most simply?

For engraving purposes: Tell me (a) if this is right (b) what it looks like in one of the Japanese alphabets. [more inside]
posted by pax digita on Feb 8, 2007 - 27 answers

Should I become a magazine / new media journalist? [UK based]

CareerFilter: Should I become a magazine / new media journalist? [UK based] - LONG POST WARNING! [more inside]
posted by dcbarker on Feb 7, 2007 - 10 answers

Should Ulysses make me switch to mac ?

Ulysses or Copywrite enough to switch to Mac ? Oh wait ! It looks like there's [more inside]
posted by Baud on Feb 6, 2007 - 10 answers

White scum on subway walls?

What is the white scum that builds up on tunnel walls? [more inside]
posted by crookedneighbor on Feb 2, 2007 - 5 answers

Two jobs, one writer.

Two competing companies want me to work for them. How do I negotiate this to my advantage? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 1, 2007 - 10 answers

Touchy Writing Problem

Writers and journalists please respond: I'm concerned about the anonymity of a subject in my writing. The obvious idea is to change names, however... [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Jan 30, 2007 - 16 answers

Qs to ask your own self?

What are some good questions to ask your self in the interests of fostering self-insight? [more inside]
posted by mjao on Jan 28, 2007 - 24 answers

How to Write Interesting Computer Science

I need help in learning how to write. Specifically, technical writing in the area of computer science. Most specifically, paper writing. [more inside]
posted by gadha on Jan 25, 2007 - 15 answers

I do not see why we should have the disadvantages of being the gentleman while they have all the advantages of being the cad.

This spring I'll be teaching a workshop on memos that changed the world. Help me think of some. [more inside]
posted by josh on Jan 24, 2007 - 35 answers

Who writes cover blurbs?

Who writes the back-cover blurbs (teasers) for books? [more inside]
posted by Rubber Soul on Jan 24, 2007 - 31 answers

Writing and the Revision Process

I'm looking for anecdotes, or in-depth quotes, from writers about the process of rewriting/revision. Specifically, the difficulty or dedication some writers to the process. I'm aware of a few of the more popular maxims (i.e. Allow yourself to write a bad first draft, etc).
posted by Gnostic Novelist on Jan 23, 2007 - 20 answers

Breathe! Damn you, breathe!

How can I revive a dead novel? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse on Jan 22, 2007 - 19 answers


What activities can I suggest during a workshop on designing awesome creative writing assignments for overworked ESL teachers to use in class? (In Indonesia?) (With learners across many levels?) (For little/no money?) (Without Powerpoint?) [more inside]
posted by mdonley on Jan 18, 2007 - 5 answers

Writer's block :(

I am having problem writing more than 6 lines at a time. Any pointers: is it writing style, the pen, or something wrong with my wrist? [more inside]
posted by raheel on Jan 14, 2007 - 12 answers

Writers Workshop Experiences?

I’m considering attending a two-week live in writers workshop, but I have no real idea what to expect. Before I take the plunge and submit my application, I’d love to hear from others who have attended such things – good times? Too much chatter, not enough writing? [more inside]
posted by korej on Jan 11, 2007 - 7 answers

Writer's Market: What's the big hairy deal?

Writers: What's so great about Writer's Market? [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess on Jan 11, 2007 - 10 answers

Writing Nonfiction and Children's Literature: Do you know of any good literature ABOUT these subjects?

I am looking for well regarded books/scholarly papers about writing. Most specifically in the areas of Nonfiction (the essay style of article writing) and Children's Fiction (for a young adult audience). Any tips? Go as far and broad as you can. I'll be off to the British library tomorrow, so the sky is the limit. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jan 9, 2007 - 6 answers

Best places to write in Venice, CA?

I'm looking for recommendations on best places to write in Venice, CA. Mostly in the realm of coffee shops or writer-friendly cafes, libraries, or anything else that comes to mind. [more inside]
posted by np312 on Jan 7, 2007 - 4 answers

Essays for Engineers

What readings would you recommend for a freshman composition class for Engineers? [more inside]
posted by washburn on Jan 6, 2007 - 13 answers

Depressing Novels and Short Story Collections

What are some great depressing, or I should say melancholic, 21st century novels/short story collections? The latest that I have ordered is E. Annie Proulx 'Close Range: Wyoming Stories,' but that is from the late 90s. I just cannot take the material that is being churned out in the 21st century. Most of it is pretty much the same. If it isn't formulaic mainstream work it turns out to be obscure and pointless POMO drivel. I've scoured the 20th century and found a ton of titles, but almost nothing from the last 7 years. The one recent gem I found is Cormac McCarthy's 'The Road'. Thanks in advance.
posted by Gnostic Novelist on Jan 6, 2007 - 34 answers

Is Bohemia a mobile state of mind?

Where are our art movements? Where is the new Bohemia? [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave on Jan 6, 2007 - 11 answers

Who came up with this quote on meaning in creative works?

A paraphrased quote: 'As one creates (writes?), it's meaning is known to only two - himself and God. When one finishes, the meaning is only known to God.' So, where did this quote derive from? Who originally said it? [more inside]
posted by evadery on Jan 5, 2007 - 5 answers

A Very Strange Christmas

What offbeat and/or slightly strange publications would be receptive to non-fiction writing submissions about Christmas? [more inside]
posted by iced_borsch on Jan 4, 2007 - 5 answers

Using Uni-ball Jetstream refills in non-Jetstream pen bodies?

As a left-hander, I've struggled to find a pen that writes smoothly but dries almost immediately so the ink doesn't smear when my hand passes across it. The the Uni-ball Jetstream fits this bill nicely. Some have criticized it as too smooth, but I like it. It offers me the smooth lines of a gel ink without the goopyness. Unfortunately, I'm also a devotee of weighty, elegant, well-made writing instruments. Though I've given up on using fountain pens for anything other than a signature, I can live with the size and style of a good rollerball design. Are there any high-quality pen bodies (Waterman, Pelikan, Montblanc, etc.) that will accept a Uni Jetstream refill? I've had trouble finding any information regarding the cross-compatability of refill cartridges, and I'm unwilling to buy another $100+ pen only to learn that the ink is unsuitable for me. Of course, if you can recommend a fountain pen that will fit the bill, I'd love to hear about it. But my experience has been that, even using extra-fine nibs and specialty inks, I have to choose between smearing the page or literally scratching my letters into the page.
posted by strunkl on Jan 3, 2007 - 9 answers

Is there a social networking site for writers?

Is there a social networking site for writers? [more inside]
posted by kingtaj on Jan 2, 2007 - 13 answers

Should I rewrite my undergraduate thesis?

I studied philosophy in college. By my senior year I had decided that I wanted to pursue a career in academia. I had co-founded a conference. I was writing a thesis. I had intentions of applying to graduate schools. However, during my last semester I experienced a crisis of faith and delayed my thesis for six months, eventually earning a "C". I want to go back and do the job right, but I don't know how. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 30, 2006 - 17 answers

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