Knowing When and How to Show Your Characters’ Emotions by Brad Windhauser

Knowing When and How to Show Your Characters’ Emotions by Brad Windhauser Emotions are a tricky thing. Not because they have the ability to overtake our brains, compelling us to do both bad and good things. No, they’re tricky because everyone feels different things in different situations, and if you think someone understands your version […]

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Publication News for Brad Windhauser

Brad Windhauser’s new personal essay “Gas Money” was just published at DOAB. In it, he explores a moment from childhood when, set against a backdrop of collecting 80s rock pins and Star Wars figures, his father imparted a useful life lesson.

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“And lead us not into temptation…”

The advantage of our emotions is that they lead us astray. – Oscar Wilde by Ron Hayes A few years ago my wife and I got into a bit of a fight at Christmastime. For the record, I was wrong. The fight erupted after her favorite uncle’s annual Christmas poem arrived in the mail and I, […]

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Why I Don’t Need To Set Goals

By Linda Escalera Price I HATE goals. I know, I’ve mentioned this before. But I really do. So I don’t set them. Here’s my rationale. I don’t need goals to give me direction – I know where I’m headed. I don’t need goals to get things accomplished – I know what things I want to […]

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New Year. New Stories. New Ideas.

By Darlene Cah   When I started thinking about this annual goal-setting post, my first thoughts went to the short story (possible novella) I want to finish, the short story I’m working on whenever I get a chance, the few other stories that have potential if I could just get around to revising them, and […]

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2016 is The Year of Positive Energy

by Jennie Jarvis Happy New Year to all our regular 5writers.com readers! Each year, we love to start the year by telling you our goals in the hopes that it will show you that you aren’t alone in your writing goals and to hopefully inspire you to set your own goals as well. If you are […]

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Goals for 2016 by Brad Windhauser

Goals for 2016 by Brad Windhauser I’m a scheduler, and setting goals (both large and small) keeps my work on track. Part of developing this particular skill means setting goals that are both important and reachable. This year, I have ensured that my goals are designed to accomplish my long term writing goal: be a […]

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2016: A Crossroads Year

by Ron Hayes In the Memeland known as Facebook, there’s a certain meme that has struck me kinda hard over the past few days. It’s the one that frames the new year as a metaphor for a 365-page book for each of us to write. I think the reason it resonates so strongly is because it immediately generates in me a near-overwhelming […]

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2015: A Year of Regrouping and Refocusing by Brad Windhauser

2015: A Year of Regrouping and Refocusing by Brad Windhauser This past year I took stock of my various ongoing writing projects. Were they still serving my career goals? Some were, some were not; others, though important, consumed too much of my time. So, this year, I made a concerted effort to wrap-up a very […]

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Conversation with the 2015 Muse

2015: The long-awaited return of the Muse By Darlene Cah Me: Oh, it’s you. I almost didn’t recognize you. Muse: Don’t be snarky. I have other writer clients, you know, and I’ve nudged you a few times this year, and what did you do? Blew me off. Me: It was 3:34 in the morning! I […]

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