On Words Alone: Can A Man Survive Solely On Poetry?

by Ron Hayes Poetry doesn’t pay. Let me be the first to welcome you to Planet Earth if that happens to be news to you. (Welcome! May I suggest buying a book or two while you’re here?) As writers, we all know that the fruits of our labors are hardly fruitful enough on their own […]

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Paying the Bills by Brad Windhauser

Paying the Bills by Brad Windhauser I’m fortunate enough to have a full-time teaching job, one that affords me a flexible schedule conducive to writing and a decent paycheck. But I wasn’t always so fortunate. Working in restaurants put me through undergrad (1994-1997) and then my Master’s degree (2000-2002) until I retired from the service […]

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Writing for a Living

by Darlene Cah My “art” has changed a few times over the years, from visual art to music to improv theater. Through all these creative endeavors, I had a day job—as a writer. Go figure! I started out in traditional advertising as a copywriter, bounced over to publishing, then to interactive advertising, and now television […]

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Do It For The Money by Melanie Neale

5writers is delighted to welcome back guest blogger Melanie Neale. Be sure to read this post all the way to the bottom for an exclusive 5writers exclusive submission opportunity!!!   Melanie Neale grew up living aboard a 47’ sailboat, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from Eckerd College and a Master of Fine Arts degree […]

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Words Are Magic

by Linda Escalera Price   I’ve been trying to stay motivated to write while dealing with some family matters. Issues that demand my time and atten . . . yes, I’ll be right over. Now where was I? Oh yes . . . tion. It’s hard to stay focused when things demand to be taken […]

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Waiting for Inspiration

by Darlene Cah I’ve heard it said that writers can’t wait for inspiration. We have to start writing even without that grand idea, the magical spark that spurs us forward into that time-suspended state of mind where words spew onto our computer screens, seemingly on their own. While those brilliant moments happen (and what gifts […]

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Special Edition: 5 Ways Exploring New Mediums Can Re-Invigorate Your Writing

by Jennie Jarvis Earlier this month, I had the privilege of attending a great workshop on writing Children’s Picture Books, conducted by Alicia Thompson (@Aliciabooks). I’ve never written Picture Books before, and I don’t have any children. However, I was suffering from a post-writing project burnout, and the idea of exploring this new medium seemed… […]

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What’s In YOUR Belly? What Writers Can Learn From Athletes

by Ron Hayes I can’t help but love the way Brad Windhauser recently invoked the excitement and the intrigue and the infectious nature of the 2014 World Cup (congrats Deutschland!) in his post about inspiration and staying motivated as a writer. While I am not at all a sports writer myself, I am a sports […]

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Staying Motivated Means Staying in Shape by Brad Windhauser

Staying Motivated Means Staying in Shape by Brad Windhauser I’ve become ensnared in World Cup soccer. Like most people I know here in Philly, I don’t have a particular interest in soccer normally and, to be honest, most of the games I have watched look nothing more than a bunch of guys running around on […]

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Great Expectations: Going to a Writing Conference

By Darlene Cah In a few days, I’ll be heading to the Hub City Writing in Place Writers’ Conference. The workshop, started by Betsy Teter and The Hub City Writing Project in Spartanburg, is in its 14th year. I’m on my ninth. The weekend event takes place on the lovely campus of Wofford College (for […]

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