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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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The Path to Publication by Brad Windhauser

The Path to Publication by Brad Windhauser Like most schools, Calvert Street Elementary had a Spring fundraiser, which asked students to sell chocolate candy bars for a dollar apiece. The catch: you compelled people to commit to buy, collected money, submitted the cash to the school, and then you delivered the candy the next day. […]

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5Writers Group Story Writing Experience: What We Learned Working from a Writing Prompt

5Writers Group Story Writing Experience: What We Learned Working from a Writing Prompt Brad: I have often waited for inspiration to strike, relying on this phenomena to generate story ideas. Once in a while, however, I have to remind myself that you can goose the system if you prod it properly. For me, this means […]

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5 writers Group Story – The Opening Scene by Brad Windhauser

5 writers Group Story – The Opening Scene by Brad Windhauser Gavin listens for neighbors on the sidewalk in the fall leaves, strains his ears for a car turning onto their street. A cricket chirps, and as he takes a deep breath, he can make out the rush of distant freeway traffic. The neighbor’s front […]

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Generating Story and Character Ideas from Writing Prompts: The 5Writers’ Group Story

Generating Story and Character Ideas from Writing Prompts: The 5Writers’ Group Story Where do story and character ideas come from? The oldest and most clichéd piece of writing advice is to write what you know. But writing what you know doesn’t always have to mean write about things that happened to you or about the […]

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A Fiction Writer’s Appreciation for Poetry by Brad Windhauser

A Fiction Writer’s Appreciation for Poetry by Brad Windhauser What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore– And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over– like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy […]

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Are You Obligated to Finish What You Start? (Or, When to Put A Bad Book Down) by Brad Windhauser and Ron Hayes

Are You Obligated to Finish What You Start? (Or, When to Put A Bad Book Down) by Brad Windhauser and Ron Hayes How do readers in general and writers specifically feel about putting a book down before they finish? Should they feel guilty? Does this say something about the person that they can’t/don’t finish something, […]

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Re-reading the Classics: Uncovering the Precision Crafting in Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” by Brad Windhauser

Re-reading the Classics: Uncovering the Precision Crafting in Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” by Brad Windhauser One of the best things you can do for your sense of your craft is to read. Even better: taking the time to revisit something that has grown dusty on the shelf, a story or book which you read […]

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Submit to Contests–Or How Submitting to Literary Contests Is Better than Playing the Lottery by Brad Windhauser

Submit to Contests–Or How Submitting to Literary Contests Is Better than Playing the Lottery by Brad Windhauser Playing the lottery is a complete waste of time. The odds are so clearly stacked against you that you might as well hand your money to a homeless person—at least then it can do some good. However, if […]

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The Benefits of Having Multiple Projects Simmering and Knowing When to Start a New One by Brad Windhauser

The Benefits of Having Multiple Projects Simmering and Knowing When to Start a New One by Brad Windhauser Although I often multitask, I used to force myself to devote my energy to one project at a time.  When I would finish one thing, then I’d move on to another. I thought this was how you […]

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