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Film noir-ish writing spots in Manhattan?

I'm looking for film noir-ish locations in Manhattan to sit down and write! [more inside]
posted by dr handsome on Aug 18, 2012 - 6 answers

How do I start being skechy?

What are good resources for someone looking to start writing sketch comedy? [more inside]
posted by inturnaround on Aug 17, 2012 - 4 answers

Firewall between work and personal writing.

How can I build a wall between writing I do for my employer and writing I do on my own time? [more inside]
posted by Spurious on Aug 16, 2012 - 11 answers

For f's sake

How do you write your lowercase 'f's? All above the line or partly below? I'm trying to work out if this is a US/UK-specific thing. [more inside]
posted by atlantica on Aug 14, 2012 - 63 answers

For those of us not wearing Affliction T-shirts

I'd like to read substantive writing about MMA that does more than just follow the news. If possible, I'd like to participate in thoughtful discussion about it. Ideally, I'd like a blog, column, or forum that gets updated regularly, but books are fine, too. [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Aug 14, 2012 - 8 answers

Just do it-blog edition

How do I get into the mindset of blogging? [more inside]
posted by LN on Aug 12, 2012 - 14 answers

Should I take this copywriting job if I want to be a writer?

I was hoping to be offered a writing job on the editorial side, but instead I'm going to be on the business/advertising side. What does this mean for me? [more inside]
posted by Michael Pemulis on Aug 10, 2012 - 6 answers

Edit manuscripts, like in the pencil days. On a Mac

Remember editing text (I mean, writing) with a pencil? Like you would as a teacher or senior editor correcting somebody else's manuscript?Can I do something like that on my Mac (10.5.8)? I've been using Preview to add highlights, notes and simple graphic elements, but what I want is... [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin on Aug 8, 2012 - 3 answers

I Ought to Be in Pictures?

What are the realistic odds of a movie studio buying rights to fiction? What steps could one take to even attempt this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 6, 2012 - 21 answers

english, please...

Could you read some Japanese (or possibly Chinese?) characters for me? [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Aug 1, 2012 - 18 answers

Help me finish a PhD in 6 weeks

Help me to make a great leap forward in my PhD in the next six weeks. I am in the last year of my PhD (philosophy) so the thesis has to be finished by December, however, I am also full time university lecturer, so when the term starts my ability to write every day is drastically compromised. By selling part of my soul I negotiated almost complete freedom for the next six weeks and I want to use them to make massive progress with writing the thesis. I already have about 40,000 words written and I am hoping to write another 40,000 over the next 6 weeks. The challenge is to stick to the daily quota of 1,000 words, as some days it is possible, even fun, other days it is very very hard. [more inside]
posted by slimeline on Jul 31, 2012 - 23 answers

So Nice, I Wanna Publish Them Twice

Possibly confirming the obvious - I wrote a crapton of essays and articles for a market that a) was extremely limited and b) doesn't exist any more. I also believe the contract said the original market was "first rights" only. ...It's probably safe to try to pitch polished-up versions of some of those articles to a wider market by now, right? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Jul 31, 2012 - 10 answers

It was a dark and stormy night...

UK short story market for sci-fi and speculative fiction. Are there any sites that list current calls for submission? [more inside]
posted by run"monty on Jul 29, 2012 - 1 answer

Use vim for everything

Software methodologies for writing? [more inside]
posted by curuinor on Jul 29, 2012 - 6 answers

Alternatives to Google Docs

I need an alternative to Google Drive (formerly Google Docs) to use with my 5th grade students. [more inside]
posted by robverb on Jul 29, 2012 - 8 answers

Old books on how to write stories?

After enjoying a 1920 screenwriting book by the flapper humorist Anita Loos, I am wondering what other pre-WW2 writing advice books might be fun and interesting to read. Any suggestions?
posted by steinsaltz on Jul 27, 2012 - 15 answers

Alternative to "The Shit Hits The Fan"

What's an alternative to the phrase "when the shit hits the fan" that means essentially the same thing, e.g. "when stuff goes wrong"? Feel free to be creative.
posted by rzperllian on Jul 26, 2012 - 82 answers

New Laptop: What to Get?

I am currently writing my second novel and find myself in need of a new laptop on which to do the work. My previous machine, an aged Acer Aspire One, struggled through the first book but has now given up the ghost and gone to the great laptop skip in the sky. So, here is what I need: [more inside]
posted by She Kisses Wyverns on Jul 25, 2012 - 6 answers

Launch my project, change my life.

Let's leave aside the odds, or what I end up doing with this thing I want to do. I want to think big, very big and plan, schedule and execute against a "project" of writing a novel or a memoir. From a project perspective, I want to end up with say, 350 pages in a realistic but compressed timeframe. You tell me ... how would you get there? [more inside]
posted by thinkpiece on Jul 20, 2012 - 18 answers

Freelance writer website examples

Looking to create a website to advertise my girlfriend's freelance writing skills- she would like to do some freelance writing on the side and has done it in the past but would like to take it up a notch. She has a journalism background. I have a wordpress template, some headshots, portfolio samples, etc to use so that is not the gist of my question. I was wondering if there are other examples that you have seen of writers self promotion pages that struck you as good examples that we can get ideas from. [more inside]
posted by timpanogos on Jul 19, 2012 - 1 answer

Interview With A Character

Help me find this bookfilter: An writer's guide 'interview' with your own fiction character to help uncover their traits and depths. Or, a similar list of interview questions to learn a lot about someone in a short time. [more inside]
posted by The otter lady on Jul 13, 2012 - 5 answers

Open courses that teach writing skills: where are they?

Open courses that teach writing skills: where are they? [more inside]
posted by pracowity on Jul 11, 2012 - 6 answers

Need to know the name of the wife of Austrian sculptor Johannes Benk.

AustrianArtHistory/NovelResearch–Filter: I need to know the name of the wife of Austrian sculptor Johannes Benk (1844–1914). [more inside]
posted by scody on Jul 9, 2012 - 2 answers

I never learned to write!

How can I learn painless penmanship? [more inside]
posted by justkevin on Jul 8, 2012 - 15 answers

B2B or not 2B? Wetting beak in manufacture.

New to manufacturing. How do I go from making things to having something made? [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic on Jul 5, 2012 - 4 answers

Please help me come up with a tagline for my website.

Please help me come up with a tagline for my website that explains what it is in a short, succint sentence. Because I can't seem to. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Jul 2, 2012 - 15 answers

Have you made the switch from freelancing to full-time employment, and why?

I'm interested in hearing from people who intentionally made the switch from freelancing to (or back to) a more traditional work situation. What were your reasons? Do you think it was a good decision? [more inside]
posted by shiggins on Jun 27, 2012 - 22 answers

Beauty between the sheets

I love writing letters to people - handwritten, with a fountain pen. Help me find a good paper for this purpose. [more inside]
posted by gmb on Jun 24, 2012 - 7 answers

What last lines stand out in your head?

What are the best ending lines of poems/short stories/novels/movies? [more inside]
posted by karminai on Jun 22, 2012 - 72 answers

My supervisor has pointed out to me that I tend to take language very literally, and it's impeding my performance at my job. Help me rewire my brain!

My supervisor has pointed out to me that I tend to take language very literally, and it's impeding my performance at my job. Help me rewire my brain! [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount on Jun 21, 2012 - 33 answers

Tips on Being an Exposed Academic Scholar

How does media exposure fit into an academic career? Should I be writing articles for general publications and/or doing interviews? Or am I wasting time I could be using to write journal papers? [more inside]
posted by ranglin on Jun 20, 2012 - 6 answers

Can this book be saved?

An editor asked for the full manuscript of my young adult novel. The problem? It isn't finished yet. What do I tell her? [more inside]
posted by Shoggoth on Jun 19, 2012 - 16 answers

I need a job that will a) allow me to pursue my interests and b) not make me miserable

Given my present situation, how do I find a day job that allows me to pursue my interests? If you've ever found yourself in a similar situation, how did you change things for the better? Exciting personal details inside! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 17, 2012 - 11 answers

How to make a magazine-style portfolio

Ideas for creating a magazine-style portfolio? [more inside]
posted by jschu on Jun 13, 2012 - 2 answers

Horses for courses... UK vs US English?

I'm a writer - with a British English education. I've just finished a young adult novel that I'm polishing to go on submission. Should I be making sure everything is in US English? [more inside]
posted by teststrip on Jun 13, 2012 - 29 answers

I know this all sounds rather vague

I want to find more freelance writing jobs, but I have no idea where to begin. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Jun 13, 2012 - 8 answers

Tips for starting a research blog as a graduate student

I'm an advanced PhD student and I've decided I want to make a professional website, including a research/analysis/commentary blog about my work and my field. I'm looking for general advice about the blog. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Jun 11, 2012 - 9 answers

Upgrading from general to medical writing on the company dime

My employer is offering to help me train up to become a professional-calibre English-language medical writer. What resources are available to help me? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Jun 11, 2012 - 2 answers

Indy Ploy

Want to find a quote I heard recently about writing good characters. The idea was that a character should be really good at something, but constantly put upon, so that nothing goes their way. Indiana Jones was held up as being a perfect example. [more inside]
posted by mumblingmynah on Jun 11, 2012 - 10 answers

Why does having a non-editable preview make writing on a computer so awesome?

When leaving a comment on mefi, does looking at that "live preview" window below the edit box make you a better writer too? What's up with that? [more inside]
posted by tempythethird on Jun 10, 2012 - 6 answers

Flakey editors: the norm?

Are flakey editors and publishers the norm? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 6, 2012 - 15 answers

Screenwriting for fun and not profit.

I have no aspirations of being a screenwriter; I'd just like to write a screenplay. I've been jotting down and scrawling ideas, on and off, for the longest time. How do I connect 1 to 2a to 2b to 3? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing on Jun 5, 2012 - 7 answers

Books on writing a memoir, with extra credit: not your own

Books on writing a memoir, with extra credit: not your own [more inside]
posted by kandinski on Jun 5, 2012 - 3 answers

How to transition from EA to editor?

I'd like a career transition from an Assistant to copy-editor/editor. What steps can I take while holding this job to help me prepare to be competitive for the new type of job? [more inside]
posted by jymelyne on Jun 5, 2012 - 9 answers

Mythology lovers, I'm looking at you

Please tell me about mythical creatures, particularly humanoid ones, besides vampires, and werewolves. My protagonist needs some origins. [more inside]
posted by goosechasing on Jun 5, 2012 - 24 answers

Getting lost in translation

Can I be a good friend AND a good coauthor/cotranslater? [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish on Jun 4, 2012 - 12 answers

Getting paid for writing?

Should I expect to get paid for the writing I do for newspapers and periodicals? [more inside]
posted by ranglin on Jun 3, 2012 - 45 answers

What if it all falls apart?

Freelance freakout. Help? [more inside]
posted by Wordwoman on Jun 1, 2012 - 11 answers

I simply KANT write my thesis...help me?

I need advice on how to finish this master's thesis that is consuming me with guilt, anxiety and helplessness [more inside]
posted by zinful on Jun 1, 2012 - 25 answers

Serially posted historical journals?

Tomorrow, Pepys' Diary, which I've been following as it's been posted serially for the better part of a decade, will post its last entry. Are there any similar serially posted historical diaries that I can I follow in its absence? [more inside]
posted by sciapod on May 30, 2012 - 9 answers

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