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Support Them As You Help Them Grow: Giving Feedback

by Jennie Jarvis This month at 5writers.com, we are going to be talking about one of the most important things we can do for our writing community – giving feedback. Let’s face it. If we were stuck in our own minds and never got any feedback from the outside world, our writing would never grow […]

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There’s a Story Here Somewhere

By Darlene Cah My team at work is really into self-awareness and self-discovery. We watch webinars, discuss our work habits, and take in depth personality tests. I must admit I love this stuff! Our most recent team analysis session had us discovering our “social styles” at work. Between the test results and the opinions of […]

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Preparing For A Writing Conference

By Jennie Jarvis As many of you may know, we are smack dab in the middle of Conference season, and hopefully this means that you have already attended a Writing Conference this year or you are planning to attend one in the next couple of months. If you don’t have a Writing Conference on your […]

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Writing is Pre-Writing

By Jennie Jarvis Growing up, I always heard the well-known expression “Writing is Rewriting.” But once I started my formal training as a screenwriter, I heard something much different – “Writing is Prewriting.” What is Prewriting, you may ask? Prewriting is all the prep work you do before you sit down to actually write out […]

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Depth by Darwin? A Primer on Poetic Evolution

by Ron Hayes As poets, our journey from the beginning to the end of a given work is unlike that of our colleagues who write in different genres. Where fiction writers must concern themselves with character arcs and plot holes, playwrights and screen writers grapple to create compelling characters and genuine dialogue, and essayists with universality and […]

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Allow Drafting to Evolve Your Stories: Using What Is to Help You See What It Could Be by Brad Windhauser

Allow Drafting to Evolve Your Stories: Using What Is to Help You See What It Could Be by Brad Windhauser What your story will become is usually quite different than what you imagined it to be when you began typing. The beauty of being the person adding words to the page is that you get […]

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A Pet’s Point of View: Showing not Telling in Disney’s Feast by Brad Windhauser

A Pet’s Point of View: Showing not Telling in Disney’s Feast by Brad Windhauser When writing, I’ll explore any topic or idea that piques my interest. However, I typically avoid a child’s point of view—I prefer a narrator and a vantage point infused with more maturity than the average child is capable of—and I never […]

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Big Happenings in Spartanburg, SC: The 2015 Hub City Writing in Place Conference

By Darlene Cah I’ve been going to The Hub City Writing in Place workshop, held at Wofford College every July, for a good ten years. Honestly, I lost count after year five! But every year, I can guarantee, whether the instructor is well-known, like Wiley Cash, George Singleton or Tommy Hays, is a rising star, […]

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Adapting Writing Boundaries to the Fur Children

By Jennie Jarvis When I lived in Los Angeles, I had the best writing companion. Each afternoon, I would turn to my sweet dog Arnold and say “It’s time to go to work!” He wound bound up the stairs, leading me to the top floor office where I would install myself behind my writing desk […]

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Dog Days of Summer: Writing With Pets

by Ron Hayes It’s late. The house is dark and still. Down the hall from my office, where I sit with only a dim lamp and the harsh glow of my MacBook for light, my wife and son are shut behind their respective bedroom doors, fast asleep. I’ve been clicking away at these keys for […]

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