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350-mile bike tour of the Oregon Coast - by Matt Haughey

Matt Haughey describes his bike ride along the Oregon Coast on Tumblr. Spectacular photos included. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Sep 15, 2014 - 35 comments

Thanks for helping a columnist out.

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.
posted by Mistress on Jul 31, 2014 - 7 comments

NaNoWriMo 2013

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]
posted by marienbad on Oct 24, 2013 - 150 comments

Writing for the blue.

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?
posted by brokeaspoke on Aug 15, 2013 - 22 comments

Writing to find a post about writing

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). 1. Event 2. Climax 3. Ending And then 1a. Lead up to event. 1b. actual event. 1c. results of event. 2a. Lead up to climax 2b. Almost climax 2c. Climax! Showing a hierarchical method of laying out a story, so that the paragraphs practically write themselves. Thank you.
posted by b33j on May 1, 2013 - 30 comments

Academic Integrity: Policy on Ask?

This question 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]
posted by ageispolis on Mar 2, 2013 - 51 comments

Insert Title Here

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]
posted by Wordshore on Feb 18, 2013 - 39 comments

Metafilter et al Rocks! and yet.. Pony request for short-story subsite

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]
posted by Faintdreams on Feb 12, 2013 - 100 comments

Because November is a ridiculous time to schedule anything

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]
posted by restless_nomad on Jan 10, 2013 - 96 comments

You just didn't understand what I was going for . . .

Is there some sort of active MeFi writers group? If yes, how could one be initiated? If not, can there be? [more inside]
posted by Think_Long on Dec 12, 2012 - 14 comments

It's not every day you get to help launch a time machine.

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]
posted by carsonb on Oct 29, 2012 - 54 comments

Facing the Auditors

Metafilter's own Charles Stross: Ask him anything (Previously on the blue, seems like it might be a better fit here)
posted by Artw on Jul 2, 2012 - 99 comments

Creative Writing

What are the most creatively written posts on Metafilter? [more inside]
posted by mokin on Dec 9, 2011 - 33 comments

mathowie interviews CmdrTaco

"I was a daily reader of Slashdot from about 1997 onwards, and it was a key inspiration for me starting MetaFilter." Matt Haughey interviewed Rob “CmdrTaco” Malda, Slashdot founder.
posted by hat_eater on Dec 1, 2011 - 43 comments

War of the Wor(l)ds

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]
posted by Shepherd on Oct 6, 2011 - 64 comments

MeFi Writing Group

There have been at least two previous MeFi writers' groups but there is not one now. Is anyone interested in forming one? [more inside]
posted by paduasoy on Jun 26, 2011 - 39 comments

Your cheatin' heart, will tell on you

Followup: remember Ed Dante? The book deal was ineluctable.
posted by scruss on Jan 26, 2011 - 4 comments

Thanks

Thanks for deleting my irritable response to a question about how to succeed at writing. I guess it punched a button of mine.
posted by fivesavagepalms on Nov 27, 2010 - 13 comments

NaNoWriMo 2010

Anyone in for NaNoWriMo this year? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Nov 1, 2010 - 11 comments

National Novel Writing Month

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]
posted by carmicha on Oct 24, 2010 - 186 comments

Write is Music for the inner voice

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]
posted by swimming naked when the tide goes out on Sep 2, 2010 - 61 comments

we could do better, y'all

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?
posted by flapjax at midnite on Aug 4, 2010 - 403 comments

Metafilter on writing

Learning how others write stories has been interesting. Hats off to all who contributed!
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Jun 24, 2010 - 14 comments

What's wrong?

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.
posted by susanharper on May 25, 2010 - 83 comments

Metafilter: a short, descriptive title

Pony Request: A book of great metafilter comments. [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea on Mar 7, 2010 - 64 comments

Great read!

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.
posted by four panels on Nov 16, 2009 - 47 comments

[Two] Million Monkeys

I hereby propose a second Metafilter Writers Collaboration. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Oct 29, 2009 - 112 comments

NaNoWriMo 2009?

It was a dark and stormy NaNoWriMo 2009, and the MeFites were lurking. [more inside]
posted by rmd1023 on Oct 10, 2009 - 85 comments

How has contributing to Metafilter affected your writing style?

How has contributing to Metafilter affected your writing style?
posted by Afroblanco on May 10, 2009 - 102 comments

A Clean, Well-Lighted Place with Smart, Creative People

Do you write long-form fiction? Do you live in New York? Let's start a writers' group. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on May 4, 2009 - 32 comments

Get A Free Book for Easter! Visitor's Day (The Metafilter Collaborative Novel)

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]
posted by Effigy2000 on Apr 5, 2009 - 71 comments

NaNoWriMo 2008

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 is at claw hand. [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding on Oct 23, 2008 - 317 comments

Do you have a question?

How about a link to How to Ask Questions on the new question page?
posted by blue_beetle on Oct 16, 2008 - 39 comments

A million monkeys... and some editors!

An update to the Metafilter Writers Collaboration Project, and a request for volunteer editors. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Jul 6, 2008 - 84 comments

MeFi Short Fiction Anthology Due Date Nears!

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]
posted by robocop is bleeding on Feb 14, 2008 - 70 comments

Announcing the Metafilter Short Fiction Anthology!

Announcing the Metafilter Short Fiction Anthology! Previously suggested by Effigy2000, 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]
posted by robocop is bleeding on Jan 7, 2008 - 166 comments

A million monkeys...

I hereby propose a Metafilter Writers Collaboration. [more inside]
posted by Effigy2000 on Dec 12, 2007 - 165 comments

Mwah!

Big, sloppy thank-you to MetaFilter! [more inside]
posted by mothershock on Oct 29, 2007 - 40 comments

National Novel Writing Month 2007

Only eight days before National Novel Writing Month kicks off. Is anyone participating? If so, share within, please. [more inside]
posted by cog_nate on Oct 23, 2007 - 66 comments

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night (PST)

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. Thanks.
posted by YamwotIam on Mar 31, 2007 - 23 comments

Metafilter Writer's Group on Vox

The Metafilter Writer's Group: the Vox edition. (more inside).
posted by empath on Oct 13, 2006 - 15 comments

Is the Metafilter writer's group dead?

I guess the Metafilter writer's group is dead? I don't see any updates from the past two months.
posted by empath on Oct 9, 2006 - 66 comments

Blogathon tomorrow

Blogathon 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?
posted by jdroth on Jul 28, 2006 - 22 comments

Writing challenges, anyone?

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?
posted by StarForce5 on Nov 23, 2005 - 31 comments

Lexicon community writing RPG

MeFites and MoFites are Lexiconing here. Fake scholarship at its best! Is this a self-link? An us-link?
posted by Baby_Balrog on Apr 22, 2005 - 4 comments

Spend more time phrasing your question so AskMe is awesome

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.
posted by nthdegx on Aug 26, 2004 - 56 comments

any similar paper/screen elevatory quirks as they write?

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?
posted by Smart Dalek on Oct 2, 2002 - 18 comments

tips for writing quickly and well

13 tips for "writing quickly and well" (link inside). Any other pearls of wisdom?
posted by Voyageman on Mar 21, 2002 - 26 comments

"Write a better weblog" article

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.
posted by Ufez Jones on Feb 22, 2002 - 42 comments

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