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Don’t Be Shy! Strut Your Stuff!

by Darlene Cah I’ve met writers who are true introverts, and at the other end of the spectrum, those who know how to work an audience like a seasoned comic. I suspect most of us fall somewhere in the middle. We can handle ourselves respectably in social situations. We may even enjoy putting ourselves and […]

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The Business of Writing: Editing to Suit Market Demands by Brad Windhauser

The Business of Writing: Editing to Suit Market Demands by Brad Windhauser When I watch a movie or read a book and then encounter a forced happy ending, I get annoyed. There’s nothing wrong with a happy ending; however, when it doesn’t suit what the plot and characters have set in motion, it feels forced. […]

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Don’t be a Punk!: The Secret to Marketing Your Work

By Jennie Jarvis People who have never worked within the film industry are often surprised when I tell them about the ins and outs of how a screenplay gets turned into a movie. Well, maybe “surprised” isn’t the right word. “Shocked” or “flabbergasted” might be more appropriate – especially when I’m talking to writers. In […]

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My Year of Nothing

Jerry Seinfeld is famous for his “show about nothing,” which some would argue is actually about everything, a group of friends experiencing the absurdity and hilarity of everyday, mundane life. That’s something. I dreaded writing this post. I could have gotten out of it if I’d lied and claimed I was still swamped at work. […]

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Living in the Present Tense

by Linda Escalera Price I’m supposed to be writing about reflecting on the past year and setting goals for the future. But in the past two months, I learned about an ALS diagnosis, went to the funeral of an old friend, cried when another old friend’s 17 year-old daughter died and sat in the doctor’s […]

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The Year That Was: Reflecting on 2014 and Looking Ahead to 2015 by Brad Windhauser

The Year That Was: Reflecting on 2014 and Looking Ahead to 2015 by Brad Windhauser When I was a kid, the approach of Christmas made me giddy: the decorated tree, my aunt’s delicious cookies, the large presents, and the time off school. When I was in college, the holiday season meant more customers (and tips) […]

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Challenge Accepted!

by Ron Hayes Okay, I’m doing it. Color it a cop-out entry from for this month, but I’m taking Jennie up on her challenge. While my Catholic upbringing will continue to nag at me that this won’t be a “real” post (since I’m not generating any new, original thoughts of my own), I’m going to […]

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Writing Your Accomplishments: Jennie’s Challenge to Help You Be a Better Writer in 2015

By Jennie Jarvis Each December, we here at 5writers.com like to take the month of December to look back at the past year to reflect on what happened and make our goals for next year. For me, 2014 has been quite a year. If you read my post from last December, you’ll see I was […]

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Whiplash: How Bad Do You Want It? (a Review) by Brad Windhauser

Whiplash: How Bad Do You Want It? (a Review) by Brad Windhauser What elevates a person from being a really good writer, painter, or musician into being an Artist? The answer to this question thumps at the heart of the new film Whiplash. Exploring this quest through the lens of a budding jazz drummer, the […]

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A Call to Arms: Make THIS Our New American Prayer

by Ron Hayes Seven days ago, on November 19th, a quiet anniversary came and went, overlooked by most of us ignorant of the significance of the date, focused as we are on turkeys and garlands, the snows of Buffalo, travel plans, and the ever-increasing over-commercialization of the holidays. If you’re like me, you didn’t know that […]

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