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August 10

Tips for writers with ADHD

Writers with ADHD: what are some tips and tricks that you employ to write finished pieces, once in a while? [more inside]
posted by mecran01 at 7:43 AM - 9 answers

August 9

Any Open Mic Nights for Poetry In Los Angeles????

Feeling brave enough to put some of work out into the world? Any good spots???
posted by goalyeehah at 11:02 AM - 1 answers

French classes

My university is offering intensive languages courses and I have finally decided to take the plunge to learn French properly. What level should I sign up for? I am in the UK so the levels here are based on the CEFR scale - A1, A2 (Beginner) B1, B2 (Intermediate) C1, C2 (Advanced). I can read contemporary French novels comfortably and understand about 50-90% of films/tv shows but my speaking skills are limited (I can't think in French) and my writing skills are nonexistent. Does it make sense to sign up for an A1 beginners class? [more inside]
posted by bigyellowtaxi at 7:27 AM - 12 answers

August 8

What does dipp'st mean in John Keats' poem?

In John Keats poem Hadst thou liv’d in days of old there is a line that goes: Thou dipp’st them in the taintless wave. Does anyone know what dipp'st means in this context as I cannot seem to find the meaning on Google.
posted by RearWindow at 11:02 AM - 9 answers

August 5

What, if anything, does this cake stand furniture piece say?

I bought one of these three-tier folding copper and wood cake stands at a flea market in Louisiana. Mine is the same piece as in the first two (the eBay listing one has a more ornate wood top but otherwise also looks the same). It looks like it has Arabic script on it to me, though I don't speak/read any languages that use Arabic script so I could be mistaken and maybe it is just a decorative design..? What, if anything, does it say? [more inside]
posted by vegartanipla at 6:31 PM - 4 answers

What's the new term for "killer app"?

People don't use the term anymore, what do they use instead?
posted by storybored at 11:22 AM - 15 answers

August 4

Story about husband in a coma, maybe 19th-century?

Name the book: A husband falls into a coma, and his wife must take over the business (farm?) to rescue their failing finances. When husband eventually awakens and wife tells him of the "gift" she has made for him of her work to save the family, he is infuriated and humiliated by her actions. Either the wife eventually leaves the husband or vice versa. [more inside]
posted by obloquy at 6:49 AM - 3 answers

July 30

Fiction books to take my mind off a breakup

An intense romantic relationship I was in recently ended and I’m feeling pretty crushed. I’d like to immerse myself in a novel or short stories to get out of my own head. The book should not be about a romantic relationship. [more inside]
posted by southern_sky at 12:40 PM - 26 answers

July 29

Structure in fiction writing

If you're a writer of fiction, how important is explicit structure to you? [more inside]
posted by signal at 12:41 PM - 11 answers

How to give a tragic protagonist a decent ending

I've been writing a book for a few years. My protagonist has slowly turned into a tragic figure as the plot has gotten bleaker, and now the good-ish ending I had planned for her feels hard to realistically justify, even though I still want to write it. Is there any way I can salvage her mostly-decent ending, or should I rethink it? [more inside]
posted by runnerfive at 11:03 AM - 30 answers

Best practice for digital content in printed end notes?

My question is basically a re-ask of this question from JiffyQ (2014). What's the best way to provide and format links to digital sources for a print book's end notes? [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl at 7:37 AM - 2 answers

July 28

Does a quote like this exist?

I remember reading a nice quote expressing the point that there are uncountable geniuses that don't get to contribute their potential to the world because of things like poverty, discrimination, etc. I'm not too concerned about finding whatever it was I originally read, but I'd like to read words on this topic from people more eloquent than me.
posted by BuddhaInABucket at 12:22 PM - 11 answers

July 26

What languages (if any) grammatically require subjects in commands?

What languages (if any) grammatically require subjects in commands? [more inside]
posted by Bugbread at 6:19 PM - 9 answers

July 24

Sent book proposal, editor now following me on Twitter

A couple weeks ago I sent a book proposal to an academic press where I kinda know the EIC. Since then I haven't heard anything but I saw the acquiring editor is now following me on Twitter (scary!) and perhaps visiting my site. (Visitor stats aren't totally clear.) Is that a typical thing? A good sign? And how can I still use Twitter without being so anxious about him seeing all?
posted by anonymous at 9:05 AM - 4 answers

July 21

There are two men who helped her.

To the people who have read The Moon and Six Pence. "When Strickland suggested that in her surrender to him therew was a sense of triumph over Dirk Stroeve, because HE had come to her help in her extremity, he opened the door to many a dark conjecture." My question is who HE is. And why do you think so? For me, the reason why you came to think of it is important. Thank you for helping my English.
posted by mizukko at 8:21 PM - 8 answers

July 20

What is this Korean language sound?

We watch a lot of Korean TV (with subtitles) and there's a very infrequently used sound that's like a glottal raspy thing (like KKKKKKKKKKKKKKK, really prolonged and fairly harsh) but I haven't been able to find out more about it. What can you tell me?
posted by seanmpuckett at 9:25 AM - 7 answers

July 19

I want to write wittier dialogue

How can I learn to write wittier dialogue? [more inside]
posted by unicorn chaser at 9:32 PM - 9 answers

July 17

Genre for middle-grade book about a kid who finds a lucky coin

I've finished a draft of a middle-grade novel about a normal kid in the normal world who finds a magic/lucky coin. I've started writing my query letter to agents, but I'm not sure what genre best describes my story. [more inside]
posted by imelcapitan at 8:04 PM - 5 answers

July 16

Good strategy for finding statistics to support writing?

What are some effective and practical ways to find statistics to use as citations in business and tech articles? [more inside]
posted by ErikH2000 at 4:28 PM - 3 answers

Learning Written Brevity

At my prior position, one frequent criticism was being too wordy in written form. Are there are any good e-courses or books out there for learning brevity? While personal advice welcomed, looking more for e-courses or books. [more inside]
posted by MollyRealized at 1:22 PM - 20 answers

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