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How can I turn notes into something useful?

I've been noting down ideas for a potential novel for over a year. Problem is, I now have so many that it's tough to keep track of it all. How can I organise and consolidate them into something workable? [more inside]
posted by Acey on Dec 30, 2006 - 27 answers

Writing for TV? Am I crazy?

How can I get into writing for (British) television? [more inside]
posted by Orange Goblin on Dec 28, 2006 - 12 answers

Does helping others succeed hurt your own success?

Can helping aspiring authors succeed somehow help me, or does it hurt my own chances of being published? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 22, 2006 - 19 answers

Arabic tapestry?

What does the writing on this tapestry mean? It looks like Arabic, but I'm not sure. [more inside]
posted by nervestaple on Dec 21, 2006 - 11 answers

Determining "sameness" of documents

I'm writing a load of content for a client and a condition I need to meet is that each of roughly 50 pages must be at least 30% unique. How can I compare them? [more inside]
posted by braintoast on Dec 21, 2006 - 10 answers

Writing in lingua LA

Is this the right way to write to a Los Angeles-based potential client in the entertainment industry? [more inside]
posted by amusem on Dec 18, 2006 - 6 answers

Writers and Blackberries et al?

Writers: do you benefit from Blackberries, PDAs and other nifty handheld devices? [more inside]
posted by clairezulkey on Dec 15, 2006 - 10 answers

Why are people using ellipses instead of a period?

What has happened to people being able to properly use a single period to end a sentence? [more inside]
posted by The Bishop of Turkey on Dec 13, 2006 - 73 answers

Who's your favorite sportswriter?

I'm looking for some new reading. Specifically about sports. There's [more inside]
posted by reenum on Dec 13, 2006 - 18 answers

Writing for web?

Looking for recommended articles on writing for the web. [more inside]
posted by gomichild on Dec 11, 2006 - 4 answers

creative writing classes in dc

Looking for creative writing classes in the DC area. I have DC residency, so community college classes in MD/VA are out. I've taken one expository writing class before and am a voracious reader, but I havent really done much in the way of a class setting before. I'd like to take a class, also for the peer review aspect and some help getting started on writing! Anywhere that's cheap in the DC region is fine.
posted by jare2003 on Dec 11, 2006 - 7 answers

Writers on writing?

Writers on writing? [more inside]
posted by RokkitNite on Dec 11, 2006 - 39 answers

Please Help Me Find an Old, Obscure Parody Book on Writing

Please help me find any and all information available about an old book about writing whose very long name I cannot recall. [more inside]
posted by Nedroid on Dec 8, 2006 - 5 answers

I was,were,will be confused!

is there a grammar checker out there that will check my documents for consistent tense? I have a teacher who's a real stickler, and even if I go over my paper with a fine toothed comb, I always miss one or two. Does anybody have a program I could use to save myself some points in class?
posted by gilsonal on Dec 8, 2006 - 10 answers

Does self-publishing a book impact the potential for mass-market publication?

Once I've made my sci-fi novel available via Lulu.com, will it still be viable to shop around to agents and editors for potential mass-market publication? Are there factors that influence it? For example, if it sells a lot, is it considered a good buy by a publisher, or has it basically had its first run?
posted by JWright on Dec 8, 2006 - 9 answers

Help a wannabe Alan Moore?

How can a writer find an artist for a comic book collaboration? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse on Dec 7, 2006 - 7 answers

Can I get a job as a writer without a degree?

I'm 23 and working as a sales assistant/helpdesk support/office admin/web designer/receptionist in my hometown. How do I go about getting a paying job as a writer, without formal qualifications? [more inside]
posted by saileyn on Dec 7, 2006 - 10 answers

Book recommendations that meet a specific criteria...

Looking for inspiration in two kinds of books. Perhaps you've got some recommendations? 1) Novels with very short "chapters" or fragments or pieces, that combine to make a whole; 2) Books boldly written, whether that be a writer being bold with timelines, punctuation, language, etc. (examples of both types of books inside). [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Dec 6, 2006 - 54 answers

How do I write quickly and intelligently?

How do you learn to write quickly? I have a good number of 5-15 page papers due in the next couple of days and they're killing me. I have no lack of ideas, I have no lack of outlines and notes I can create. But somewhere between holding the notes and writing the sentences down my brain sticks and I spend an hour writing and re-writing the first paragraph. What to do? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Dec 6, 2006 - 40 answers

What is your personal narrative?

Do you have any recommendations for solid creative non-fiction magazine columns or the like? [more inside]
posted by loiseau on Dec 5, 2006 - 4 answers

Information on the Writer's High?

I'm looking for any information on the "Writer's High" I am assuming it is similar to the "runner's high." I have heard it mentioned a few times, mostly by writer's who use it for therapeutic purposes. Have any studies been done?
posted by Gnostic Novelist on Dec 5, 2006 - 5 answers

Weblogs Inc.: to accept or not accept

Has anyone here accepted an offer to (or currently) write for a blog on the Weblogs Inc. network? I have some questions inside if so. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2006 - 2 answers

The first things you read when you open a book are...what?

I'm writing a book. What's the difference between a prologue, a foreword, an introduction, and a preface?
posted by soulbarn on Nov 29, 2006 - 12 answers

New word?

Concerning the first appearance of words: Is there an authoritative source or repository of "new" words? I ask because I want to introduce what I believe is a "new" word but want to be certain it hasn't appeared anywhere else. I did the obvious Googasearch and found nothing.
posted by lometogo on Nov 22, 2006 - 13 answers

Please help me identify a short story

I remember a friend of mine telling me about a short story/novel/novella about a baseball pitcher whose pitched balls disappeared after leaving his hand, only to reappear in a totally different place and kill someone. There's [more inside]
posted by reenum on Nov 22, 2006 - 9 answers

Choosing Writing Contests

Writers: How do you decide which writing contests to enter? [more inside]
posted by clairezulkey on Nov 22, 2006 - 4 answers

grammerFilter: present/past tense

I am writing a children's book (first time). I can't decide whether to use present or past tense. Here's a sample in present tense: Bobby walks slowly into the water. The waves rush up over his feet, but he is not afraid because the same thing happened last time. He goes a little farther. And a little farther. The water is up to his knees. and past tense: Bobby walked slowly into the water. The waves rushed up over his feet, but he was not afraid because the same thing happened last time. He went a little farther. And a little farther. The water was up to his knees. The present tense seems a little more "active", but past tense has certain story telling quality. Any comments on why I should use one or the other?
posted by allelopath on Nov 20, 2006 - 17 answers

Article about the origins of white space?

I'm trying to find a great article I read a year or two ago about the origins of white space in written text--does this ring a bell for anyone? [more inside]
posted by Powerful Religious Baby on Nov 17, 2006 - 6 answers

How to overcome online dating questionaire writers' block?

I have to fill out one of those lovely online dating questionaires, and am having trouble coming up with witty, charming things to say about myself. How to overcome this particular form of writers' block? [more inside]
posted by kenoshakid on Nov 14, 2006 - 18 answers

TV Writing Group Help

what is the best way to form a TV writing group? [more inside]
posted by tristanshout on Nov 11, 2006 - 6 answers

Cussin' and Writin'

Writers: When do you use profanity in writing? [more inside]
posted by clairezulkey on Nov 10, 2006 - 29 answers

Help, I just need some vocal HELP.

Help me learn/improve on vocal melody writing techniques. [more inside]
posted by sindas on Nov 6, 2006 - 9 answers

So, really: If I do what I love, will the money follow?

I recently left my comfortable position in a safe, nonprofit enclave to try the big bad corporate world and see if I could make a go of it. Three months in, the fit is pretty lousy. Ah, but I think I know what I really want to do. And yet, should I give the new place more time to see if things improve? What's that? Yes, or course, there's ... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 6, 2006 - 5 answers

How to respond to an interviewee's rude email?

I'm a freelance writer and recently interviewed a few people for a piece which ran today. Two of them were unhappy with the outcome. Now what? [more inside]
posted by different on Nov 2, 2006 - 40 answers

Writing around the Cellphone Problem

Writing around the "Cellphone Problem". [more inside]
posted by empath on Nov 1, 2006 - 31 answers

Mercenary Linguimancer seeks Steady Paycheck

I am a writer new to western Washington. I am short on experience but long on skill and drive. In the coming months, I shall complete my English education. But I need work now! [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak on Oct 30, 2006 - 4 answers

All work and no play makes theantikitty a dull girl

I'm looking for a private place to write for a weekend (with the possibility of multiple weekends if it seems extremely productive) within about 30-45 minutes of the city of Pittsburgh. I'm thinking a little cabin in the woods, or something similar. I'm also thinking cheap! [more inside]
posted by theantikitty on Oct 28, 2006 - 3 answers

Pitching a profile article

Do I need to contact a company before I pitch a profile to the local newspaper? [more inside]
posted by faunafrailty on Oct 26, 2006 - 3 answers

Where Can I Find Sales Figures for Novels?

Where can I find sales figures for novels (new and/or classic)? I am aware of Bookscan and Publisher's Lunch, but those are very expensive.
posted by Gnostic Novelist on Oct 26, 2006 - 9 answers

The Flâneur exposed

'The Flâneur': What fascinating titbits can you add to my knowledge about this concept? Art, history, philosophy and literary theory links all welcome. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Oct 25, 2006 - 22 answers

Quietly, quietly... poison?

(Writing/Hypothetical Filter) Are there any poisons that (could) mimic the symptoms/effects of cancer if administered to a person over time? [more inside]
posted by teststrip on Oct 25, 2006 - 15 answers

Hand writing and note-taking

I am an ESL teacher, and I have several types of classes; however, I have one problem, my handwriting looks as if I were a five year old scribbling with a crayon. So I am curious if anyone might have any suggestions on getting better at handwriting and printing for someone who doesn't have time to go to a course. Also, a second related question, are there any ideas for making conversation corrections? When my students are speaking, I write down various things that they are saying, and make various corrections, or simply offer alternatives, or local dialect. What are some of the most effective and useful ways to do this? If there are any people who have spent any time learning other languages, what ahs helped you most? Thank you all in advance.
posted by Knigel on Oct 24, 2006 - 12 answers

Oops, that's not quite what I meant...

Wordfilter: looking for a word or phrase that describes social paradoxical effects, where the action results in the opposite of its intention. [more inside]
posted by dragonsi55 on Oct 23, 2006 - 6 answers

What do you call those little quotes in books?

What is the term for those little quotes that sometimes open books? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Oct 20, 2006 - 11 answers

The stress alone is worth billions.

Will I win my small claims lawsuit against this deadbeat publisher? [more inside]
posted by changeling on Oct 19, 2006 - 10 answers

live and write

I'm tired of making next to nothing writing complete bullshit. I'm so so so so tired of it. I want to maximize my freelance potential and even enter into whoredom so I can make some money to live on. I'm in graduate school right now, but I need income, and I'd like to continue on in the field of creative journalism or analysis. What can I do? (this gets complicated) [more inside]
posted by punkbitch on Oct 19, 2006 - 13 answers

Software for writing poetry?

Has anyone seen software for writing formal poetry? [more inside]
posted by pracowity on Oct 18, 2006 - 10 answers

My characters are running away with my novel!

Please help me find something to organize this monstrosity of a novel. Oh yes, there is definitely [more inside]
posted by sperose on Oct 17, 2006 - 10 answers

Control Freaks! Lend me your anecdotes!

Has anyone got any examples or anecdotes about being a control freak for a writing project I'm working on? Maybe you know one, or are one yourself...I'm looking for unusual or funny examples of control freakery. Workplace examples particularly useful...
posted by Mrs.Doyle on Oct 17, 2006 - 40 answers

Creativity by the Thames

Where can I go to get involved with regular creative workshops and/or discussion in London? A little bit [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave on Oct 16, 2006 - 4 answers

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