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


Figment.com

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


The Return/Enter Key Not Working

I've just started a new I'ble and after finishing the first paragraph, I hit the return/enter button to start a new paragraph and it won't take me to the next line.   Even as I write this, it doesn't work.  I've tried it on other sites, programs and email,  and had no problems.  Does anyone have any ideas on a fix?

Posted by Attmos 5 years ago


Writer Group...( whats up with your work?)

Hello this is a place to chat about whats wrong with your work. whats up and to get tips and such.  Stay connected with like minds and have good helpful talks with people who have went through what you are doing. Have fun.

Posted by wolfHhowling 6 years ago


A collaborative literary experiment that you can contribute to

This weekend Eureka! Factory and the Hive makerspace at Tampa's John F. Germany library will be participating in the Deconstruction hackathon. Our project this year is a literary hack. We are asking for random sentences from the imaginations of the general public. We will collect sentences from now until 7PM EST on Saturday, November 15th. We will spend the following 24 hours wrangling the collected contributions into some kind of narrative form. It will be a fun experiment. For more information and to contribute visit the Instructable here and leave a sentence in the comments. We will post the results on Sunday evening. Thanks!

Posted by Chuck Stephens 4 years ago


Documentation Tools!

Hello designers! I'm doing some research on design documentation and am interested in what tools people use to document their work-in-progress.   Do you keep a design journal?  Do you video tape / photograph your work?  Do you use any special software? ...and when do you know when your work is Instructables-ready?  How do you determine how much detail to provide in your Instructable?  And what are the hardest parts of the documentation process? Also, if you're interested in participating in a study about how people document design work, please send me a message, and I'll provide some more details!

Posted by scientiffic 6 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 10 years ago


Should Instructables titles begin with "How to..."?

I tend to write the titles of my 'ibles as if the phrase "How to..." was already there. Thus: Get Any Information... Knit replacement pads... etc. I notice, though, that most of the Burning Questions begin with "How to..." This suggests that people are searching using those words. So, should I change all my titles to start that way, or just leave them as-is?

Posted by yoyology 8 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


Blogger or Writer? Want to publish your thoughts on creativity, art or design?

Hi everyone, I've been an Instructables fan for a long time, and I'm currently a web producer for an online community for creative people called ArtBistro (www.artbistro.com). We're looking for contributing writers, if you have a design or art related blog or like to write about those topics, we'd love hear from you. Drop me an email at awells@artbistro.com if you're interested.

Posted by alanwells 11 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


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


Instructables Views

How do people on Instructables reach 50k views in 10 days here? What tricks & tips do y'all have for promoting 'ibles? Thanks

Posted by flyingpuppy 6 years ago


Spellcheck?

Hello.  I can see by a topic posted here a while ago that instructables does have spellcheck, apparently there was a bug that removed the spellcheck option.  Has that bug been fixed, because I can't find spellcheck anywhere.  I appologize if I'm missing something obvious, maybe I just need a little help in locating it.  Thanks

Posted by Attmos 6 years ago


One of My Stories

I'm usually not one to write but...I don't know I guess I just had an idea for a story that might be good if I continued it. Right now the one below is still being worked on theres some parts that still don't sound right or are missing something. I also really shouldn't say "stories" because truly this is my only one. Anyway, just thought I'd share it. Any ideas for how to take the plot further would be greatly appreciated. Here it goes: My over-active imagination was running away with me again. I've woken up twice in the last hour to something...I can't explain the sound. I just want to sleep until morning and have been doing my best to ignore it, but it just keeps getting louder. Alright, thats it. I shoved off the covers and expertly dodged the piles of clothes that seem to grow bigger over night, to the door. Slowly, I turned the knob. It creaked. I breathed sharply through my teeth hoping nobody heard. Then again, who couldn't hear whatever that racket is? I nudged open the door and slipped into the hallway. It was dark but I wouldn't dare risk turning on the light. Luckily, the big bay window downstairs cast a light over the steps. Jeez, I never knew a house could have so many things that creaked. So I took the stairs two at a time to just cut down on noise. From where I stood, at the base of the stairs, It sounded like the noise was coming from the kitchen, though it was muffled. As I walked into the kitchen, I looked around. Nothing too out of the ordinary. Plates are still stacked up in the sink, waiting to be cleaned. The trash still needs taken out, but what's that sound? Wait, the trash...oops. I don't want that to still be here when Dad wakes up. I was supposed to take it out after dinner, well guess I'll take it out now... I bent down and jerked up the bag. It seemed heavier than normal but I didn't take that into mind. We did have a big dinner that night. I opened the back door to the night. The air was crisp and cool. It was the middle of fall and already it gets to be almost freezing at night. I shivered then walked quickly down the steps and down the sidewalk, careful to not let the bag scrape the ground. Heaving the heavy bag in the trash can, I looked around. It's been awhile since I've been up this late. I'm glad I'm usually not, it's eerie out here. Everything is quiet, there's not a person in sight, the road seems to just go on into the darkness. What makes it especially creepy though is that now that same sound is coming from the trash can in front of me. I just stood and stared. I have to see what it is. What if it is something alive and it needs help? Shakily I reached out and pulled off the lid. It fell to the ground with a loud clang, but I don't care. Now my curiosity was over coming the fear. Slowly, I reached up, untied the bag and looked inside. Then woke up. I reached down and unplugged my blaring alarm clock, not trying to even look for the button that would shut it up. Groggily, sitting up, I remembered the dream. I've been having weird dreams like that. Ever since we moved into our new...well new to us, but still old house. So I tried not to give it much thought. As I lumbered out of bed I could smell the aroma of breakfast come from the kitchen. I was hungry and the smell didn't help me whatsoever. I quickly pulled on a pair of jeans and the shirt I wore yesterday, then rushed out of my room, glancing at the mirror in the hall. Staring back at me was a kid who looked like he hadn't slept in years. My black hair was out in every direction and I had a looked like I was about to fall asleep right then and there. Well, good thing it's a Saturday! I was just starting to turn around to head downstairs when I saw my dad at the bottom of the steps holding a trash bag. "Crud", I said under my breath. I guess my dream was right... Silently I walked down the stairs. He didn't have to say a word. I took the bag out of his hands and headed out back. Lifting up the lid to the trash can I remembered my dream. What was in that bag? I looked around quickly. No one in sight. I undid the strings and looked inside the dark bag. Nothing but trash. Sigh. I almost wished there was something in there. Just to add some excitement to my week. With a dad being an ex-NAVY Sgt. He liked to keep everything on schedule and organized. for him everyday was nearly the same. Me? I'm anything but organized. Him being like that bugged me. I like change once in a while. Not just the same humdrum stuff everyday. But I'm used to it. "Matt?"-I nearly knocked over the trash can. "Are you OK?" My sister was standing beside me with a curious look on her face. I hadn't realized I had my head still in the trash bag for nearly five minutes. "Yeah, I'm fine." She still had that weird look, " Why did you have your head in the trash?" "I...uh...how 'bout you go inside and get some breakfast?" She didn't say anything. She just slowly turned around, still confused. For once she didn't keep asking me. Normally, If she asked something she wouldn't shut up until she got an answer. I shook my head. Why do I always do that? I get thinking about something and then sort of zone off. It's embarrassing sometimes, like just now. "Matt, get in here!" Bah, I did it again. I ran inside. It looked like I missed breakfast. All the plates were put up besides mine. I sighed, and then threw my plate in the microwave. “ Hey, Trash Sniffer!” I turned around , my younger brother Aaron was looking up at me grinning. “ What were you doing in the trash?” “ I was…um…thinking.” “In the trash?” “You won’t leave until you get an answer, will you?” He just stood there, still grinning. “ Fine, I was daydreaming again about a dream I had.” I glanced at him. He now had a more serious look. “ You said you didn’t have those dreams anymore.” Then I realized I shouldn’t have said that. Remembering how when I first told him about the weird dreams and how they about scared him to death. He would wake up every morning worrying about if I had a bad dream. I ended up lying to him that I didn’t have those dreams and that he helped make them go away. Now, I could tell he was already starting to worry. I quickly said, “ No, no, not one of those dreams. It was a nice one and I was just trying to remember it. “Really?” He said glancing up at me. I nodded. “Ok, I just didn’t want you to have bad dreams again.” And with that he turned and walked away. Crazy 6 year olds.

Posted by Rockerx 10 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


Game Design Team Needed

Hi, I am looking to create a multiplayer game with high detail, i will be looking for a team of five with experience in designing, modelling, texturing ,unity,coding and animation. If you have these skill then please post your skill, and I will get in contact with you. The details of the game will be revealed once you have been accepted to work on the project.

Posted by The Puffy 3 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


How to write text on image by php

How to write text on image by php 

Posted by mukru 1 year ago


Magnetic reactive writing pad.

I need help figuring out the best way to do the following. And i have been searching and apparently I don't know the proper way to phrase this to find the information on google/instructables. What I need -  a small surface that is magneticly reactive, to be able to Write with a magnet. It also needs to be able to be erased, probably also with a magnet.  I want it to be decently small, and I am sure there is material out there, but i don't know what it is.  And no I dont want a dry erase board.  Think of the Magnadoodle, where it would react to what is being drawn with the magnet, but i wnat something that is more like a Slate, and not a series of pockets that have a certain amount of filaments that react to the magnet.  I am sure there is some kind of material like this out there. I just dont know what to call it, and i need to be able to make it decently small and thin.  A basic idea, is like an impression pad. If you wrote something on the top sheet, or a couple of sheets of the pad, under the sheets, it would take an impression of it, (assuming it was written with a magnetic pen), you could then see what was written on the sheet originally, on the surface. Also it would need some way to be erasable so it could be used again.  A concept like carbon paper, but with magnets.  Please point me in the right direction, I am very hands on, and a long term DIYer, i just need to know what basic material i need to accomplish this. I know it exists, i just don't know what to call it. 

Posted by Panther 8 years ago


Live in the Bay Area? Interactive art this weekend!

Alchemy is an event intended to bring all types of art forms together and make them accessible and fun to interact with and add your creative mark to - come play and design and craft and art it up with us! It's at -- CELLspace in San Francisco -- (2050 Bryant, @ 18th St, in the Mission) This Saturday -- April 26th -- from 9pm-2am. It's $15 and there will be a full bar available. The shows and stations that it will include: - a fashion show "Styles of Magic" by Missing Piece @ 10pm - a magic show "Phantoccino" by Keith Boudreau, showing 4 times over the night - an all-local Art Gallery curated by Will Chase Arts, half of which is priced under $100 - Alchemical Afforestation, an interactive steel sculpture by Shira Loa ---> you make the bark of the tree! - Digicrylic Mash-Up by Dangermarc and Ron Goldin ---> you draw on one side, they on another! - PyroCardium, a heartbeat-powered candelabra by False Profit Labs ---> try the stethoscope on! - Web of (de)Construction, a live textile piece by Medium Reality ---> become entangled in this web! - Identity Tapestry by Mary Corey March ---> see how your line of self lines up with others! - Flame Tree Building Workshop by False Profit Labs ---> make a fire sculpture! - Phoenix Aviary, a reactive video installation ---> dance and move, and see the flame-tastic results! - Writing Photos, an intersection of writing and photography ---> tell us a story that you see in the picture! - Altered Paintings, reworking thrift-store finds ---> that mountain scene needs an anime monster, don't you think? - Interactive Lights & Magnets... Photo Booth... Lego Robots... Origami... Knitting and more! check out www.false-profit.com/alchemy Hope to see you there! Here are some pictures from our last Flame Tree Building worskhop. Reply to this post if you are interested in signing up to learn how to build these propane flame effects.

Posted by brettlevine 10 years ago


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


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 10 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


Opus (Film Project)

I've decided that I'm going to make a really long video (an Opus) showcasing all the stuff I've done.  From writing, to creations, to anything else I do, I'm going to narrate it, show it in action, or do whatever it takes to bring out the best in the things I make during my free time.  To check out my progress, there's a blog here with video snippets, writing, and other things I make.  That link back there is essentially the entirety of the content of this instructable, and it will continue to be, until 'Opus' is completed.  Enjoy everything!

Posted by DarkOwlProductions 4 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


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


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


The Clinic // Get help with your instructables!

Hello and welcome to the newest version of The Clinic! If you have an instructable that's not getting the attention you think it deserves, post it in the comments below for honest feedback and suggestions to improve it from fellow authors and Instructables staff. We want to help you create the best instructables you can! Curious about the basics of creating an instructable? Check out my FREE How to Write an Instructable Class! You can also read through our Featuring Checklist. Posting a great instructable has many benefits, including: More viewsMore comments and followersHaving your instructable Featured on the site Having your instructable featured on our social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest)Better chance to win contests Driving traffic to your websiteP.S. While I know the goal for any instructable is to get Featured, it's not the end goal here! We're sure to hand out features, but please keep in mind not every instructable is feature-worthy. Even the most popular authors have unfeatured instructables! Don't let it get you down - you're still amazing! :D

Posted by jessyratfink 5 days 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 5 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 7 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 5 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


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


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


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 10 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 8 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 11 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 3 years ago