It's time for another episode of Yell Out Website Name Ideas (drawing and writing edition) [more inside]
posted by mikepop
on Mar 9, 2006 -
a short story by a continental european writer that directly addresses or suggests conflicts within human nature-- the desire to perform "good" acts vs. our tendency (the temptation) to commit "evil" ones? [more inside]
posted by ronv
on Mar 8, 2006 -
Here's my idea: I am working on a project that requires me to write 1,000 words a day. As a motivator, I want to have a BIG display that counts down the number of words I have left to go. My first idea was to have an LED display, clock radio style, attached via USB that would somehow retrieve the native count from MS Word and display it (in reverse, since word counts up - but a countup clock might also be OK.)
Ideas on that would be great, but it also seems quite hard - so I thought maybe an Applescript that would simulate the display on my monitor would work.
How to do this, I have no clue.
posted by soulbarn
on Mar 5, 2006 -
I'm interested in learning more about language/literature-based events. Not so much the traditional poetry reading, more like innovative ways people come together in a relaxed environment to do some sort of activity that revolves around reading stuff aloud and telling stories.
posted by lalalana
on Mar 4, 2006 -
OnlineLitFilter: I'm after recommendations for good, current, original fiction available online. [more inside]
posted by hifimofo
on Mar 2, 2006 -
Help me find the perfect locale for some fiction I'm planning to write. I'm looking for a smallish beach town on the east coast of the US that has changed very little from the mid-70's until now. [more inside]
posted by davebush
on Mar 1, 2006 -
Help me get started as a freelance copywriter. I have one ad under my belt that I created for the company that I work for (I'm not in the marketing department but was lucky enough to lend my talent). The marketing department is now run under a different manager and the opportunity for more is no longer there. The ad appeared on the back cover of several magazines. That's it...one ad for my portfolio. What is the best way to build my portfolio as a writer? How do I gain business and experience with an extremely slim portfolio? Someone once said that I should go back to school and try to build it through projects. This isn't really an option and I'm really not looking for any more education. Any advice is appreciated.
posted by ieatwords
on Feb 28, 2006 -
Anyone know of any good programs for research paper/thesis writing? One that automates your end/footnote and in-text notation after loading in your bibliography/references?
I will be writing a long and involved research paper and any program that helps me to format and note my references in the body of the paper would help so much!
posted by psususe
on Feb 27, 2006 -
Within the world of Children's and Young Adult books, is there a way to guage the popularity of dinosaur-related titles? [more inside]
posted by bjork24
on Feb 22, 2006 -
There is something quite fundamental about informal writing that i just don't get. I find myself rewriting e-mails a number of times before it sounds spontaneous, and it still doesn't flow. Maybe its due to a background of formal reporting or too much conscious interference, but i think i'm missing something. How do i stop thinking and write more spontaneously? [more inside]
posted by ugrndhg
on Feb 21, 2006 -
Thesis writers block: So I have until thursday to get a first draft of the discussion section of my thesis written. I've been working on it for the past few weeks at a snail's pace. I showed my advisor what I had come up with last week and surprisingly enough, he was ok with it. My problem is I just simply cannot muster up the motivation to get any more work done on this. [more inside]
posted by garethspor
on Feb 20, 2006 -
Who writes all those pages and pages of text that the US government generates? More to the point, might someone pay me
to write some of them? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone
on Feb 10, 2006 -
What's the best way (non-spam) way to market a flash/micro fiction publication and community? (no, there are no gratuitous self-links inside) [more inside]
posted by aebaxter
on Jan 26, 2006 -
For our next staff meeting I have been asked to come up with a brief exercise that will help a group of fairly experienced business writers sharpen their research/writing/editing skills. Can anybody share an exercise that worked for them or point me to resources on the Internets?
posted by punkfloyd
on Jan 24, 2006 -
I want to take a grant / proposal writing course online or at least learn a lot more about grant writing. Has anyone taken one or heard about one that is better than the rest? Is it something that is better taken in a classroom?
posted by k8t
on Jan 18, 2006 -
I think it would be a kick to write a nonfiction book. Any advice on how to organize one? [more inside]
posted by TwelveTwo
on Jan 13, 2006 -
In the market for a new paper notebook (one for everything
). Help me find what I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by Brittanie
on Jan 7, 2006 -
Anyone out there ever forked over money to join a freelance writing marketplace website, like the one at MediaBistro, or Freelance Work Exchange? What's it like in there: are reputable folks hiring? Is it drawing away employers from free sites like Craigslist, or vice-versa? And was it worth it?
posted by johngoren
on Dec 20, 2005 -
MedicalFilter: Don't worry, this isn't about real life. I'm writing a novel in which a character receives a long knife gash (but not too deep) along the side of one calf. What I need to know is, how long would she need to keep weight off of it? The story assumes she'll spend some time on crutches, but I want to keep that time to a minimum before I move her to a cane. I'm flexible about which leg... if it's her right leg, would she be able to drive a car; if her left leg, would she be able to drive a standard transmission?
posted by lhauser
on Dec 9, 2005 -
..French pens.. Anyone know if there is a way to buy French school-type pens online? What I'm talking about are the fountain pens with the blue ink cartridges and the corresponding eraser pens.
posted by shoesandships
on Dec 5, 2005 -
What are your favorite (preferably gel) pens for writing in a Moleskine that dry quickly and won't smudge or bleed? [more inside]
posted by aebaxter
on Dec 2, 2005 -
I am trying hard to improve my writing skills and have trying to follow Orwell's advice : Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.
posted by sk381
on Nov 28, 2005 -
I need to write using my mac but I am endlessly distracted by the internets and email. [more inside]
posted by captainscared
on Nov 27, 2005 -
What's the deal with expressing ownership on names that end in 's'? If I had a buddy named 'Loveless' and wanted to talk about his pet dog, I would write "Loveless' pet dog". But I would clearly pronounce
the exact same sentence like "Lovelesses pet dog". Doesn't that suck?
posted by fucker
on Nov 23, 2005 -
This is a little vague, but any help would be appreciated...I was half-listening to the radio recently (with a bad signal!) and the presenter and guests were critiquing a comedy series (Little Britain series 3 actually) - one of the guests was a writer and mentioned that there were only actually 'seven possible jokes that COULD be written - only the situation and characters would change' - I'm trying to find out if thats true. [more inside]
posted by mattr
on Nov 22, 2005 -
Is there a free application (web-based or otherwise) available that lets you type something with other people? Not Writeboard - something where you can actually see other people typing and erasing with you in real time.
posted by Laugh_track
on Nov 6, 2005 -
Voices in your head. What mental disorders are associated with this? What other phenomena? Which historical and mythical figures? [more inside]
posted by cortex
on Nov 6, 2005 -
On behalf of a friend, though it actually sounds like an interesting question and I think I'd like to know too:
Could you put up something asking about whether there's a real-world source/derivation for the words "hron" and "hronir" used in Borges' "Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius"?
posted by Rev. Syung Myung Me
on Nov 5, 2005 -
I start new projects as a way of avoiding finishing things I have already begun. Why do I sabotage myself so? How do I stop? If I have seven projects partially started, which one should a bite the bullet on and just get done? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Oct 21, 2005 -
Suppose I were able to write a publishable novel. How much money would I get, as a first-time author as soon as it was picked up? How much would I make over all? Assume This an action sci-fi/cyberpunk type book (think William Gibson). [more inside]
posted by delmoi
on Oct 19, 2005 -
Too many pens, not enough pen caps. I gradually acquire disposable pens that are missing their caps. Is there something that can commonly be used as a cap for these de-crowned writing sticks? I've tried small balloons--too awkward. Corks? Does someone sell universal pen caps? Just one of life's small annoyances and I'm wondering if there is an elegant, material solution, short of tossing them.
posted by craniac
on Oct 19, 2005 -
Prompted by this question
the other day, where can I see some examples of the outlines authors (fiction or non) put together before they start writing their books?
posted by NotMyselfRightNow
on Oct 12, 2005 -