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I write stuff. I like to create characters, weave stories, throw words together and see what develops. Usually, it's something funny. Sometimes it's something dark. I have an improv theater background, so I never know what's going to happen. My flash stories and short fiction have appeared in print and online journals.

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Blame it on Black Beauty

By Darlene Cah Sometime in third grade at Our Lady of Grace Elementary School in Brooklyn, Miss Demik changed the life of a fat kid from the projects. Yeah, that would be me. The young teacher brought in a copy of Black Beauty, and read one chapter every day to the class. It was like […]

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To Read is to Live

To bring awareness to the importance of reading and writing, Grammarly, an online automated proofreading service, has initiated their Promote Literacy Program. Bloggers, like us at 5Writers, are partnering with them to bring attention to their efforts, and by sharing this post with you, Grammarly will donate to a literacy charity. For more information about […]

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How to Scream in Japanese

5Writers welcomes first-time guest blogger, Michele O. Medlin. Michele is a comedian and voice actor. She’s written and performed sketch comedy and continues to entertain audiences as an improviser. She graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City and works at SiriusXM. By Michele O. Medlin When I was 5 years […]

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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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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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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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A Short Guide to Guidelines

By Darlene Cah You finished your story. That in itself warrants a celebration, so take a minute to congratulate yourself, because the nitty-gritty work is about to begin. You workshop it. Revise it. Workshop it. Revise. Breathe. Revise. Pull your hair out. Revise. Eat bags of Hershey’s Kisses. Revise. Finally, your story is ready to […]

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5 writers Group Story – Part Three by Darlene Cah

5 writers Group Story – Part Three by Darlene Cah. Need to catch up? Read Part One and Part Two  Experts say serial arsonists hang around to watch their masterpieces of smoke and fire, the flames lapping at wood, bubbling, blistering vinyl, reducing paper to black flakes in seconds. They get a thrill, a rush. Gavin […]

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More than a Twist Ending

by Darlene Cah I had to read “The Lottery” in one of my high school English classes. At the time, I was more interested in dragging paint across a silk screen with a squeegee than thinking about the deep meaning of stories. Not that I wasn’t interested in English. I loved it. It was easy […]

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Does Spending Dollars on Contests Make Sense?

by Darlene Cah I learned (or perhaps, just came to accept) later in life that I’m competitive. Yeah, I like to compete, like to do my best, like to win. When I was in high school I entered art contests. As an adult, I showed my horse. So when I turned my efforts to writing […]

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