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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

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, 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

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