In my latest column, this
comment helped me to write the introduction to a piece I was stuck on while I was on deadline, a few days after it had been made by elgilito. Thank you elgilito for your research, and your French, and thanks Metafilter for being part of my media diet. You are an odd and useful tool in my writing, and an unlooked-for blessing.
Nanowrimo is a week away, are any Mefites taking part this year? If so, are you a planner or a pantser, and what are you thinking of doing? Last year we had our own Metafilter group and several people took part. If anyone took part last year or previously, share your joys and despairs, and any dirty tricks you used, so that any n00bs out there who don't know what Nano is like can know a bit about what to expect. [more inside]
Once upon a time I read a guide to writing for the blue by a fellow MeFite who is known for excellent posts and describes researching a topic after stumbling upon an idea for a blue post and making sure it's not already posted. It's very thoughtful, well written and detailed. Further, it describes how to achieve those three things in a blue post. It's not in the wiki and I haven't been able to find it in Google. Can someone help me find this?
Or it could have been a comment, about writing or planning a book. It went something like this. (I think it was askme, but I'm not sure).
1a. Lead up to event.
1b. actual event.
1c. results of event.
2a. Lead up to climax
2b. Almost climax
Showing a hierarchical method of laying out a story, so that the paragraphs practically write themselves.
was asked, and some respondents have been raising concerns that it might violate the student's honour code. Is there an express policy about this? [more inside]
This maybe just me with a particular writing hangup, but does anyone else find it difficult, sometimes have a "mental block", to come up with a title for the FPP they have constructed? End up sometimes spending more time on the title than constructing the rest of the FPP? Have abandoned FPPs as cannot come up with a decent title? Or have a fear that, no matter how good the FPP, a rubbish title will mean everyone will pass over it? Highly related; any tips for coming up with "good" (subjective, yes) titles. [more inside]
So Metafilter right now consists of *
Metafilter / MetaTalk- launched in 1999. Askmefi - launched in 2003. Projects - launched in 2005. Music - launched in 2006. Jobs - launched 2006. IRL - launched ??
Now I love, love, love, Meta and all associated sub-sites but I was wondering if perhaps a writing / short story sub-site (for original works) was also possible.?**
[*all dates taken from wikipedia]
[**apologies if this has already been discussed, I searched and couldn't find reference to a writing sub-site on MetaTalk] [more inside]
MeFiWriMo! As discussed in this year's NaNo thread
, let's do a Metafilter Novel Writing Month from January 15th to February 15th - the deadest time of the year, and so a good one to have a nice concrete goal to work on. [more inside]
Is there some sort of active MeFi writers group? If yes, how could one be initiated? If not, can there be? [more inside]
Look, I know G+ is a dead zone socially for a lot of people, but you can help change that! Come argue with me about what to do next over on shakespeherian's
page there, where he's just started a brand new Choose Your Own Adventure By Committee
. And it's about time travel!!! [more inside]
Metafilter's own Charles Stross: Ask him anything (Previously on the blue, seems like it might be a better fit here)
What are the most creatively written posts on Metafilter? [more inside]
As part of a test of the beta version of a Web project I've been working on, MeFites The Whelk
and robocop is bleeding
are going to throw down in a half-hour no-words-barred fiction writing battle next Tuesday at Fiction Fights
! [more inside]
There have been at least two previous MeFi writers' groups but there is not one now. Is anyone interested in forming one? [more inside]
Followup: remember Ed Dante
? The book deal
Thanks for deleting my irritable response to a question about how to succeed at writing. I guess it punched a button of mine.
Anyone in for NaNoWriMo
this year? [more inside]
Anyone up for NaNoWriMo
? National Novel Writing Month begins in just a week: participants devote the month of November to a 50,000 word blitz. Here's a thread where MeFites can share past experiences and future intentions. [more inside]
MeFites can post their music to MetaFilter Music and be critiqued. I would love it if the same could be done for prose and poetry. [more inside]
When philip-random made this comment
: "There's much talk at MetaTALK of all the things that Metafilter does NOT do well, but seldom do we hear of the one thing that MetaFilter routinely tanks at, which is anything to do with WRITING."
... he was damn well spot-on. Anything we might possibly do to remedy this depressing reality?
I don't understand what's wrong with my post linked to here: Unethical AC
. Members have been assaulting that post with derogatory comments. As an old woman, I feel I require explanation.
Pony Request: A book of great metafilter comments. [more inside]
Hi, just wanted to say how great (I think) this story comment is
. I don't get to read everything on the site, and maybe someone missed this like I miss other things.
I hereby propose a second Metafilter Writers Collaboration. [more inside]
It was a dark and stormy NaNoWriMo 2009, and the MeFites were lurking. [more inside]
How has contributing to Metafilter affected your writing style?
Do you write long-form fiction? Do you live in New York? Let's start a writers' group. [more inside]
Remember that proposed Metafilter Collaborative Novel? It's here! It's called Visitor's Day
, it’s free and you'll find the links you need to download it inside this thread. [more inside]
Ah, Fall. The leaves start to turn brilliant shades of red and yellow, stores start to put up the Christmas displays, and our hands start to twist into claws of carpal tunnel syndrome pain. Guess that means another National Novel Writing Writing Month
hand. [more inside]
An update to the Metafilter Writers Collaboration Project
, and a request for volunteer editors. [more inside]
The Metafilter Short Fiction Anthology: P/Virse Edition
deadline is approaching! There's just over two weeks remaining, so if you have yet to start clacking away, now is the time! I'm sure I'm not the only one eager to see what folks have come up with! [more inside]
Announcing the Metafilter Short Fiction Anthology! Previously suggested
, the Metafilter Short Fiction Anthology is a chance for all us writer-type or vaguely-writer-type Mefites to get together and write write write! We'll be taking a "Thieves' World
" approach to our writing with each story in the Anthology taking place in a setting first posited
by Mefi's Own L. Fitzgerald Sjoberg
and then fleshed out
by himself and members of the Mefi community. All who are interested are encouraged to join in! [more inside]
I hereby propose a Metafilter Writers Collaboration. [more inside]
Big, sloppy thank-you to MetaFilter! [more inside]
Only eight days before National Novel Writing Month
kicks off. Is anyone participating? If so, share within, please. [more inside]
Has any more thought
been given to a MetaSpace for creative writing? As in a help-me-improve-this zone? Not a Penguin-type wiki
by any means--simply an impromptu writers' workshop. I'm assuming AskMe is absolutely inappropriate for that sort of thing, and that it's out of scope for MeFi Projects.
MeFi is a nice demographic for this kind of thing, BTW, as it seems to consist mostly of snarky articulate bastards.
The Metafilter Writer's Group: the Vox
edition. (more inside).
I guess the Metafilter writer's group
is dead? I don't see any updates from the past two months.
is tomorrow! Frykitty's project
currently has 373 participants and pledges totalling over $66,000 for charity. Dobbs will be wrestling the blogathon to the fucking ground
. I'll be writing about funny money
. Any other mefites participating?
Writing challenges, anyone? Would MF respond well to a weekly short writing challenge, perhaps posted on Fridays? Example challenge: Invent a new urban legend (in 50 words or less). There are no prizes, no scorekeeping, just for fun. Yes? No? Maybe? Try it?
MeFites and MoFites are Lexiconing here.
Fake scholarship at its best! Is this a self-link? An us-link?
The format of Ask Metafilter questions is still something that bothers me a little. To my mind, this
is the ideal question style. It takes up five lines, but all the necessary information is expressed briefly on the front page. Next best thing
: a post can't be compressed into a reasonable length, but judicious use of [More inside] whilst still giving enough information on the fornt page gives people an indication of how much help they can likely offer. This
is ridiculous, however. Five lines occupied on the front page, of which only one word is of any use. The [More inside] then takes us to a statement of the question in - quess what? - only three lines. I think people should spend a little more time posing their queries so as to make the Ask.me front page as useful as possible.
I have a theory about my own laspes in grammar: whenever I'm applying text to paper, I can easily iron out my flubs with a high degree of accuracy. But once I begin typing onscreen or with a typewriter, my proofreader's eye is more prone to falter.
I suspect this is due to the differences between horizontal and vertical perception; while focusing upon the words as they are produced, it seems that anything beyond a 45 degree angle triggers off an odd left/right hemispherical conflict. But it would be just my luck to have an "shielded" LCD screen for my web work.
Has anyone else notices any similar paper/screen elevatory quirks as they write?
13 tips for "writing quickly and well" (link inside). Any other pearls of wisdom?
Surprised this hasn't surfaced here, but Dennis Mahoney has written a "Write A Better Weblog"
article. He makes some good points, some of which many (myself included) MeFi'ers could stand a lesson in. And, you've gotta love the great Hemingway quote.