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Travelogues tracing historic routes

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.
posted by rasputin400 on Dec 20, 2007 - 27 answers

Suggestions for readings on Radical Thought

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]
posted by beelzbubba on Dec 19, 2007 - 28 answers

Comedic writer wants a shot

How to get started writing comedically? [more inside]
posted by aleahey on Dec 19, 2007 - 9 answers

Does anyone know where to find good writing prompts?

Does anyone know where to find good writing prompts? [more inside]
posted by hypervenom on Dec 18, 2007 - 9 answers

Who's written fiction within the last 5-10 years that deals realistically with the experience of American people under 40? Please recommend!

Who's written fiction within the last 5-10 years, that deals realistically with the experience of American people under 40? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Dec 14, 2007 - 26 answers

2 Good 2 Be 4 Gotten

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]
posted by amyms on Dec 13, 2007 - 50 answers

Hallmark University

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]
posted by kimdog on Dec 12, 2007 - 4 answers

How do we split it?

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!
posted by anonymous on Dec 10, 2007 - 3 answers

What does copywriting pay?

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?
posted by jimmyjimjim on Dec 10, 2007 - 22 answers

Books describing men of no nation

I'm looking for books, fiction or nonfiction, where the main character claims no country as his/her own [more inside]
posted by reenum on Dec 2, 2007 - 19 answers

What can I say to a 3rd world child that doesn't make me sound like a braggart?

Do you sponsor a child? What do you write to them? [more inside]
posted by Stynxno on Nov 28, 2007 - 12 answers

What book writing software exists for Max OSX?

What book writing software exists for Max OSX? [more inside]
posted by Chuck Cheeze on Nov 28, 2007 - 6 answers

Here's to never buying a fabricated greeting card again!

Where can I begin to learn or practice calligraphy in Southern California? [more inside]
posted by Asherah on Nov 27, 2007 - 2 answers

What type of story wins the Toronto Star's short story contest?

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?
posted by winston on Nov 27, 2007 - 0 answers

A huge head and a short stumpy body

What monsters are still scary? When described with words only? [more inside]
posted by markovich on Nov 26, 2007 - 45 answers

All Day I Dream About The two-foldedness of the essence of the active concept of free will.

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]
posted by tmcw on Nov 26, 2007 - 13 answers

Writing front to back then back to front

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]
posted by dcbarker on Nov 22, 2007 - 15 answers

What to write to a military pen pal I don't know?

What sort of things should I write about to my soldier pen pal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 19, 2007 - 18 answers

help me help this girl pass writing!

I will be tutoring my friend in writing skills. I am not a teacher. HELP PLEASE [more inside]
posted by pinksoftsoap on Nov 16, 2007 - 19 answers

Should I be using LaTex instead of MS Word?

I'm currently writing a novel. Should I use LaTex instead of MS Word? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Nov 13, 2007 - 41 answers

Organise my writing

Help me keep my keep my short stories organised, with a view to putting them on a web-page. [more inside]
posted by Drexen on Nov 11, 2007 - 6 answers

Does anyone know what blog script/cms sites like thelastboss.com & wwtdd.com & filmdrunk.com use?

Does anyone know what blog script/cms sites like thelastboss.com & wwtdd.com & filmdrunk.com use?
posted by cheero on Nov 10, 2007 - 5 answers

How can I improve my students' writing?

How can I help students improve their writing via comments on written assignments? [more inside]
posted by obliquicity on Nov 8, 2007 - 25 answers

I'm writing again, but the song I just composed is not my song.

Should I transcribe what I'm hearing in my head? How? (And should I see a shrink?) [more inside]
posted by RobotHeart on Nov 7, 2007 - 13 answers

How to join a blog network

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!
posted by lslutsky on Nov 6, 2007 - 8 answers

What resources would you recommend to someone who wants to write?

What would you recommend to someone who wants to increase their confidence in their writing abilities? (books/websites/other resources) [more inside]
posted by melissa on Nov 5, 2007 - 32 answers

Pissed puss post

Book research: Will cats drink red wine? [more inside]
posted by WPW on Nov 5, 2007 - 43 answers

Help me make sense (reading/writing)

I have problems reading and writing in a linear fashion. [more inside]
posted by unknowncommand on Nov 4, 2007 - 13 answers

Help me explain when I only want to keep working

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]
posted by amtho on Nov 2, 2007 - 10 answers

Help me learn how to write better in French.

Does anyone have a suggestion for where to go in Montreal to improve my written French? [more inside]
posted by mikel on Nov 1, 2007 - 1 answer

How do I write this paper: [Blank's] effect on society?

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]
posted by erd0c on Oct 28, 2007 - 5 answers

How do I cite my extended quotes in Chicago Manual style?

How do I format extended quotes in my document using Chicago Manual style? [more inside]
posted by pluckysparrow on Oct 26, 2007 - 4 answers

Looking for a resource to have a graduate admissions statement of intent read and critiqued please.

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]
posted by iamkimiam on Oct 24, 2007 - 16 answers

Long-Distance Brainstorming

Help me orchestrate long-distance brainstorming sessions for writing a TV series, at little or no cost. [more inside]
posted by Rykey on Oct 22, 2007 - 7 answers

Low Cost Laptop War!

Low-cost, bare-bones, all I wanna do is type - recommend me a low-cost, take-anywhere laptop alternative. [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave on Oct 19, 2007 - 27 answers

How do I break into the writing biz?

I'm published, but not here. How do I continue to get further into the writing business? [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa on Oct 19, 2007 - 3 answers

How do I organize my writing samples?

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.
posted by elr on Oct 19, 2007 - 8 answers

Which magazines might be interested in my writing?

I'd like to get published. What are some good business motivational magazines to submit my work to? [more inside]
posted by The Deej on Oct 14, 2007 - 4 answers

What is the best site to have people critique my fiction?

I've written some fiction. Now I want to see if it's any good. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Oct 14, 2007 - 7 answers

Am I a genius only when asleep?

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]
posted by zardoz on Oct 9, 2007 - 39 answers

What would a teenage boy learn about women from reading romance novels?

What would a teenage boy learn about women from reading romance novels? [more inside]
posted by spoobnooble on Oct 9, 2007 - 41 answers

What are tomorrow's avant-garde monuments

What are tomorrow's avant-garde art/film/writing monuments that are being done today? [more inside]
posted by jayder on Oct 2, 2007 - 17 answers

Playful writing prompts for nervous begins

Really fun creative writing exercises for a group of mostly non-writers? [more inside]
posted by not that girl on Oct 2, 2007 - 15 answers

Looking for short stories.

I'd like to read some short story collections that have the same feel as movies like "Lost in Translation" and "The Station Agent." I guess "introspective" is the key word. All recommendations will be much appreciated.
posted by davebush on Sep 29, 2007 - 17 answers

The subject verbs the object

Explain tenses to me? Past/present/future, continuous/simple/perfect, and so on, in English. I can use them with fluency, but I need to be able to explain them (when each is used, how to form them). I've tried Fowler's, Chicago Manual of Style, and a number of other resources, but they seem to subtly contradict one another. Is there a simple, go-to reference for this?
posted by sarahkeebs on Sep 28, 2007 - 16 answers

Alien senses

I'm trying to put together a list of senses other than the big human five... [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Sep 26, 2007 - 32 answers

I've got a mini-door stop, now how do I revise it?

I've just finished my first novel, now how do I revise this thing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2007 - 17 answers

How can I acquire newswriting skills?

How can I acquire newswriting skills? [more inside]
posted by Wolfster on Sep 25, 2007 - 13 answers

Pen name paranoia

I've decided to publish a poem and a short story under a pen name. I'm wondering if there are any negative consequences involved in this that I may not be aware of. [more inside]
posted by ndicecco on Sep 17, 2007 - 6 answers

Intelligent, clever, recent novel suggestions?

What are some intelligent, very clever (funny is OK, but not necessary) recent novels that are readable but not trashy? Think along the lines of Zadie Smith's White Teeth and Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Avoiding verbosity (Rushdie) and anachronism (The Great Gatsby, etc.), what's left? [more inside]
posted by stvspl on Sep 16, 2007 - 52 answers

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