Why would anyone write....

I am just wondering why anyone would write an instructable here, when you can actually get paid to do it at other websites such as eHow?

Posted by HSSchulte 8 years ago


What does everyone think of my new group? What should I add or remove? Any suggestions for Instructable Writers are welcome.

Posted by edwarben 10 years ago

To be or not to be upset

So, with recently finding out that tons of people's instructables had been published without their permission on a paid subscription site, I decided to google my username and see if anything came up. This is obviously something everyone should do from time to time, and I figured it was time to give it another go. In the image search, I found an image I didn't recognize and clicked until I found the source of the connection to my username. A seemingly reputable website has written an article on one of my ibles. At first, I was excited. It was cool that someone saw my work and thought it cool enough to write about it. However, that joy turned to turmoil when I realized that the article wasn't a short description accompanied by one or two images. It is a full rehash of my ible. Basically, anyone that sees the article can follow the links to my version (there are several), but the author of the article has really not given them any reason to do so. They've taken most of my images to re-write my ible without asking or notifying me. They didn't break the CC license by writing their own version, but I believe they did when they took all my images.  What do you think? Would you be upset and ask them to change or remove the article, or chalk it up to promotion and be excited to see your work spread? By the way, there have only been 138 hits on my ible from that website. The article My ible

Posted by Brooklyntonia 3 years ago

How to Write & Submit Questions

I haven't been a member of this community very long but I've enjoyed looking at many of the posts and have learned a thing or two.  I also enjoy helping people by posting comments and answers to questions.  One thing that I've noticed is that a significant number of posters write very poor questions.   Not that the question isn't valid, but rather the phrasing or context is not clear.  Some of them remind me of the old programming axiom GIGO - Garbage in equals garbage out.  Posters don't get good responses because they didn't form a good question.  The curious would get much better answers if the questions were clear as to the information requested, the context, conditions, the desired outcome, etc.  One might start with the old "5 W's" (who, what, when, where, & why and perhaps how and how many).  A little extra effort in phrasing the question and perhaps some good manners (please & thank you) will result in better responses and more community participation.   Perhaps as a collaborative effort, would there be value in developing an instructable on how to write a question?  Not as a set of rules or a format, but as a general guide as to what information should be included.

Posted by diyoutdoorsman 7 years ago

Write with electricity

I read somewhere (I dont remember where) that if electricity is put on indicator paper then it creates some kind of mark.Or is there any other kind of paper that gets maked on contact with electricity?Most importantly can I use this to wrte or draw?

Posted by cris1133 9 years ago

The Clinic

Welcome to the clinic, a place to get help and constructive criticism on your projects. Here's a brief intro on what it is, written by AngryRedhead: "Some Instructables don't get the attention that they deserve. Many times the reason boils down to presentation, and if the presentation is off in one way or another, an Instructable might flop no matter how wonderful the project is. The presentation of an Instructable requires a certain set of skills which involve story telling, technical writing, planning, and photography. Even the most experienced technical writers and photographers still benefit from an edit or an outside opinion. As an author, it's difficult to see the flaws and errors because your thoughts and experience fill the gaps that might leave readers puzzled. It happens to every author. If you feel you have an Instructable that isn't getting the attention that it deserves and you would like some ideas on how to improve its presentation, please post a link to it! We're not here to tear it apart or to tell you that you're the most horrible, stupidester person in the whole wide world. We're here to give you ideas for improvement and hopefully get you more attention and recognition for your project ideas. Think of this like editing or proofreading which is something everyone needs regardless of experience, intellect, and knowledge. If you would like ideas on taking your idea to the next level and making it bigger and more awesomer, please say that you would like this extra advice. You can even post a link to an unpublished instructable if you like, but just remember, please check out the featuring checklist first since this will tell you all of the things that the best instructables have." So... that's what this forum topic's for. There's a team of seasoned Instructables authors watching this topic, waiting to give you help!

Posted by Jayefuu 7 years ago

How to write text on image by php

How to write text on image by php 

Posted by mukru 1 year ago

Is writing an art form?

Is writing considered as an art form? I think it is. You create highly emotive pictures using pen and paper instead of paint or other mediums. Your opinions?

Posted by super moderator 9 years ago

Comic strip writing

Hello, this is my first post. I'm looking to draw a sarcastic comic strip and am looking for tips for writing it. I have character ideas and a plot but having the catchy writing will help

Posted by Gagreg 8 months ago

who here, write music/songs

Does anyone here write music or songs? i write song lyrics even though i can't read music or play an instrument to save my own life. what do you think was the best "piece" or song you wrote? any posts on this topic welcome :D

Posted by AussieAnglerGal 6 years ago

Writing Partner

I am hoping to write with somebody on an experimentation novella of sci-fiction. English speakers are preferred, will be an informal schedule, focusing on plot and setting, symbolism is a lesser aspect, professional quality, and will self edit their work. I have a plot and idea, would like to write the novella using a tennis style of writing alternating chapters. I may self-published (Lulu.com). Working under the CC licenses. Wouldn't at all mind having a long term writing partner. Comment here or email me at 94johnjy94@gmail.com! :D

Posted by JohnJY 7 years ago

Raven and Writing Desk

Why is a raven like a writing desk? I refuse to give up on an answer to this question I need YOU to help me find this answer, may i go mad as a hatter. Leave your answer here, please nothing offensive.

Posted by whiskrs 7 years ago

Make writing appear on a wall

We are having a party and I would love to make writing appear on a wall. Any suggestions? One thought is to have invisible UV paint and shine a black light on it.

Posted by abugslife99 5 years ago

How do a start writing an app?

Ok, so the ipad 2 looks like an instructables machine!  I saw another post that rumored an ible app is on the way, which is sweet. How do I start writing apps myself?

Posted by sarahfish 7 years ago

This or That 2

Lets add some more fun to the instructabes Forums...Okay this is a simple but fun game!Instructions:A This or ThatAnd then the next person writes his/her favorite, and pitches a new theme!this is an Example:You write:Dog or CatNext person writes:Dog (<---That is their answer)Safari or Fire Fox (<----They pitch their own this or that)Next person who writes:SafariOld or New...you get the point now lets start!lllll v

Posted by Shifrin 10 years ago


Hello! :D I was just wondering if any other instructablers were on figment.com? I would be more than happy to read your writings if you are!

Posted by happyjo 7 years ago

Inexpensive glow in the dark writing: WRITE ANYWHERE

Inexpensive glow in the dark writing Desired effect:Paint a Wall or furniture write on it or draw then it fades 1 less than a minute then you can draw again Materials: -1 UV LED (low power any chinese anti fake bill keychain will do) -Any surface -Common glow in the dark paint or powder Low grade Zinc sulfide glow in the dark paint (or strontium oxide aluminate glow in the dark paint ) We have to find a way to lower the performance of the compounds so that they glow for 10-40 seconds maximum instead of hours. WHAT IS NEEDED: A CHEMICAL DETERRENT TO LOWER THE PERFORMANCE OF THE PAINT: HELP IS NEEDED I DO NOT KNOW WHAT COMPOUND TO USE. (IT MUST DECREASE THE PERFORMANCE BUT NOT THE BRIGHTNESS in dim light) Help complete this instructable, (pretty please)

Posted by dejabox 11 years ago

Heeelp! Can't find saved instructable I was writing

I've started an I'ble and saved it but can't find it anywhere... Thanks!

Posted by perec3 1 year ago

Annoying cursor movement when formatting is used

This bug has probably been documented thoroughly, and nearly every single person who writes an instructable must know it by now. When you use italics or bold (I'm sure there's more) when writing, the moment you backspace it goes to the (most previously written) italicized font and backspaces it instead. When you're still writing the word (or phrase) it goes to the back of the word. For someone who is in the middle of writing a massive instructable documenting nearly everything I know in Microsoft's shell scripting, it's very annoying every time I use italics to distinguish between normal writing and code, only to have to rewrite it after backspacing one of my typos. You can recreate this (assuming it happens for more people than just me) by adding a comment, licking on the rich editor, writing some stuff, write in italics and then backspace. I'm using Google Chrome, and I don't think screenshots would help here. Thanks.

Posted by Prof. Pickle 5 years ago

Traveller RPG: Write Sci-Fi with us!

Hey guys, we are looking for people who want to write science fiction for FUN! Its a collborative efforts and not-for-profit so if you have great ideas about aliens and alien cultures, hard science and spacedrives, or want to help create a pocket empire within the Milky Way Galaxy, come have fun with us. No formal writing skills are needed, just bring your imagination! http://travellerrepublic.yolasite.com/

Posted by idahobeef 6 years ago

PSN Names

Please write your PSN name below in the way that it is to be added say your psn name is "blue4EVER" dont write "blue for ever" (duh!)

Posted by Tom Buckey 9 years ago

Write Up Deleted

I just spent 4 hours writing up a really kick butt guide using the new editor.  I went to publish.  Published it.   I had something like 15 steps written out, and then I had three.  Just three.  The rest were gone.  No idea why or how. What happened is that I started writing in the "old" editor, but stopped three steps in before switching to the new editor.  Seems as if the system didn't like that. Oh well.  Looks like I wasted four hours of my time.

Posted by BrownDogGadgets 4 years ago

Cant write code on arduino help!

I want to know how to program an arduino uno but i dont know how theres always and error please reply

Posted by Jordan arduino 6 years ago

enter key

Why is the enter key not working? I'm trying to write an ible but the enter key wont work to skip lines between paragraphs. Is there a work around besides writing in a different program and using copy and paste?

Posted by ecsaul23 4 years ago

How long does it take you to write an 'ible?

I just finished one and it took almost as long as it took to make the superhero cape. I spend forever ordering pictures and being very specific. And I feel like I felt a lot out this time!It normally takes 1-5 hours for me, I'd say.So what about you?

Posted by jessyratfink 9 years ago

Poetry Project for School: Critique my Poem, plz?

Dearest Iblers, We had to do a poetry project for school where we select a few poems that we like and write about them, and then we have to write a poem of our own. So, if you'd be so kind as to critique this for me. that'd be rather swell :) It's a bit long :/

Posted by Labot2001 9 years ago

Write on anything: INexpensive glow in the dark writing

Inexpensive glow in the dark writing Desired effect:Paint a Wall or furniture write on it or draw then it fades 1 less than a minute then you can draw again Materials: -1 UV LED (low power any chinese anti fake bill keychain will do) -Any surface -Common glow in the dark paint or powder Low grade Zinc sulfide glow in the dark paint (or strontium oxide aluminate glow in the dark paint ) We have to find a way to lower the performance of the compounds so that they glow for 10-40 seconds maximum instead of hours. WHAT IS NEEDED: A CHEMICAL DETERRENT TO LOWER THE PERFORMANCE OF THE PAINT: HELP IS NEEDED I DO NOT KNOW WHAT COMPOUND TO USE. (IT MUST DECREASE THE PERFORMANCE BUT NOT THE BRIGHTNESS in dim light) Help complete this instructable, (pretty please)

Posted by dejabox 11 years ago

Write an "Instructable" not an "Intractable"

Who can figure out how to prevent auto-correct from changing the word "instructable" to "intractable"? I know there are funnier auto-correct fails, but this one is seriously annoying. 

Posted by belsey 2 years ago

How could I improve this instructable ? (solved)

Hi !I need some of your help again ...........I've wrote a tiny instructable which have been rejected. As it is about writing french poetry in english, I have no clue about how I could improve it ........ Or maybe writing english poetry following french rules make no sense at all ??Please help !!https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-write-Alexandrines-.../

Posted by chooseausername 10 years ago

Write down your best science jokes to win Pro Membership for 3 months!!!

Hi,  I'm a maker and hacker here at the Instructables, and I have a few pro membership codes for the best science joke writers. Write a funny joke in the comment section and on 30th of April I'll send pro membership codes for the best three jokes. Good luck! Best, Imetomi

Posted by Imetomi 2 years ago

LED Marker board

I want to build a LED writing board. It's basically a markerboard with a LED light behind it and it takes advantage of special fluorescent markers. My question is, how can I achieve that the board doesn't light up unless the marker is applied to the board. You can see in the video, that the glass stays black/dark until you write on it... How does that work? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQwdWvGIq5A

Posted by CSMx 8 years ago

How Do I begin to program in c without a microcontroller

How would i get started writing programs in C/C++ on the computer for free. I would like to be able to write simple games.

Posted by sotsirh194 9 years ago

Shoe rack

Hi there guys, so i really got this kind of insecurity in me on writing an instructables about a shoe rack made of pvc pipes and glass. Tell me what you think and should i write it at all.

Posted by JohnSmith-Workshop 5 months ago

Can you still write programmes for PC in assembly language?

Is it still possible to write programmes that will run on a normal PC in .asm ? I've had a look around, and the little information avialable seems to only be relevant to pre-1990 PC's running MS-DOS. Does anyone know of any sites with more up to date information for the processors/instruction sets in use, or what assemblers and linkers are available? Any help would be appreciated.

Posted by The Skinnerz 7 years ago

Idea: Worth writing up?

Well, here's my idea. Cost: less than $10 (hmm. not including postage.) No electronics experience required.Does it look interesting? (my last "burning question" answer seems to have gotten less than 2000 views...)

Posted by westfw 10 years ago

big and crossed out letters

I would like to know how to cross out and write big. i know you can write semi-big like ==this== , but i want to know how to cross out big and do super big letters, pleez respnd.

Posted by nerfer192 10 years ago

Make Video Games Group: What's your favorite Microchip?

I started a new group. In the near future I hope and plan to write some video games for Microchips (PICs or other microcontrollers) such that the chip is connected to a joystick and a video monitor. I do not write PC games. I would like to know what chips are popular and cheap and easy to program for you so that any games I write would be easy for you to Make. I have a Hydra/Propeller and a PIC programmer. It is my impression that PICs are cheap and popular... compared to AVR's and such. I used to write games in the 1980's and miss that hobby. What chips do you suggest are good to write games for? What I mean is, what chips can you program; I would like you to be able to Make and play any that I or others write! Use "Rickard Gunee PIC Tetris" as a typical example of the "console", (but expect more interesting games, if any!) which will be on a breadboard, or on the Hydra Game System i got at Make Store. So tell me, What's your favorite PIC chip?

Posted by VIRON 10 years ago

Erase a dvd+R using software

Ok so we all know its possible to write a dvd+r up to the limit. (one time only of course) So if it can write data once, that why cant we have it ignore the data or headers and just write all 1's or just random garbage to the disk to destory it? It actually sounds cooler than breaking it... If there is software than please provide a link (if its free/open source)

Posted by BeefyHaze 7 years ago

Help!!! I need someone to write code!

I am building a project with my son. We are both absolute novices with Arduino and especially code. We also need to develop an app to control the project via bluetooth. Will pay for your time. 

Posted by noo_yorka 2 years ago

C/C++ (CPP or C Plus Plus) Programs -- Will Write, money is used to goto College

Hi, I am writing programs for people in C or C++ to earn money for College. I have been programming for many years and have a good amount of experience. If you would like something made, please private message me or leave a comment below. I will try to get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks  

Posted by Ebay 8 years ago

Long (ten hour) delay between writing an answer and seeing &quot;Answer: 1&quot; in list

Yesterday evening (at 10:42) I answered the question shown below. This morning at 8:20 the list of questions still claims the question is unanswered. The database usually isn't this slow to update.

Posted by kelseymh 9 years ago

how to open two word files in command prompt

How do i open two word files using notepad-batch files.if i write it without something between the two words but it doesn't work. what do i write between the words

Posted by thermoelectric 10 years ago


Wow you guys dont really have that much on here do you. i can start putting things on here but give me alot of time things that i have i have to get pics for and write it all. but the writeing part is one that will take me for ever, but i do have picture previews of everything.

Posted by 6Rea6per6 11 years ago

Links in the instructable editor

Hi, I'm writing an insrtructables and I can not insert any hyperlink.

Posted by andre72 2 years ago

Using an LED to write or draw onto paper?

Last night i went to a bar in brixton after seeing massive attack. In the bar there were frames on the walls with white paper inside and we were given LED torches similar to these LED Torch. When the torch is on you can use it to write or draw onto the frame and it leaves a glowing trail which slowly fades. I really want to know how its done, as it was very entertaining and quite trippy and i want to make one myself. If anyone has any ideas please reply.Cheers

Posted by jacknaz 11 years ago

Instructable Idea

Hello, It is Walrus.  This is my first post to the forum, so take it easy.              My idea is a simple guide to writing. This was already made, but I feel it only included half of the entire deal. He explains good light conditions and challenges. I was thinking about: Does music help you write? What type of topic is the most appealing to your reader? Pen, Pencil, or Typing? The guide could also include a list of tips that correct common mistakes. Please leave constructive criticism or friendly comments. Thanks for reading! 

Posted by TheWalrusMan 5 years ago

Handling accented characters

Writing accented characters in an instructable ends up with the questionmark-diamond failed unicode character. So far not a big issue. However, writing accented characters with the &code; construction works, but on a second edit of the same text, uses the actual unicode characters, and thus on a third edit is reverted back down to the ugly diamonds again.

Posted by rachel 9 years ago

accountinghomework help

Thanks for this writing . It is the most popular gallery and topic..I really helped.

Posted by accounting99 9 years ago

How to write a Dummies Book (for Dummies - and get rich at the same time!)

Intro How to write a Dummy Book - for DummiesHave you ever wanted to write a Dummy's Book, but not sure how to go about it! Here's a quick example that's guaranteed to make you money like the rest of the series. Three simple steps, but endless fun for all involved.step 1 Create your coverGoto: http://dkgoodman.com/2006/04/dummies-book-cover-generator.htmlKnock yourself out with your fantastic Dummy Cover design. See mine for reference.step 2 Write the content (this is were the $$$/dosh/bread is)Chapter 1: Buy this bookChapter 2: Give money to people who guarantee to make you moneyChapter 3: Print your own moneyChapter 4: If all else fails, buy another copy of this bookstep 3 Contact Dummys.com and watch the money roll inContact details can be found at : Dummies Bookshttp://www.dummies.com/WileyCDA/step 4 What are you waiting for?I once picked up a book called "What men know about women". It was 20 pages of fantastic blank page reading. If you want to achieve anything in life, the first step is to work out what you want, then just go ahead and do it. If that means going and buying a Dummies Book, then so be it. Personally, I prefer to write them.

Posted by s4074433 11 years ago

Can't save instructables when I write them on my Ipad

When I make a new Instructable on my Ipad, it lets me write on the forms, but when I hit the 'save now' button nothing happens.  If I navigate away from the submission form, I lose all of my text.  I've started three instructables on my ipad, and none of them have shown up in my unpublished instructables page. When I do it from my desktop, it saves just fine.  -Tara

Posted by Tararoys 7 years ago