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Mining The Past to Gild The Present: How I Got Here

by Ron Hayes We are all, every one of us, the sum of our parts. Each of us carries around with us the bits and pieces of the places we’ve been and the things we’ve seen and the people we’ve known. For those of us who write, we have that most magical of gifts in […]

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Growing up as a Writer: Learning to Think as a Writer by Brad Windhauser

Growing up as a Writer: Learning to Think as a Writer by Brad Windhauser Henry James famously said, “A writer is someone on whom nothing is lost.” I stress this with my students every semester. But what does it mean, some ask? We pay attention, I tell them, and when we do, we get to […]

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What It Really Means to Mature As A Writer

By Jennie Jarvis I’ve been writing since I was really young – and by really young, I mean REALLY young. I can remember writing little stories in elementary school. I’m pretty sure I wrote my first full length play in the sixth grade. But, needless to say, as long as I can remember, the art […]

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$cript$ That ¢reate Bu¢k$

by Linda Escalera Price “I make my living now as a screenwriter! Which I’m surprised and horrified to hear myself saying, butI don’t think I can support myself as a playwright at this point. I don’t think anybody does.” – Tony Kushner in Time Out When you hear things like this, the idea of making […]

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Redefining “Support”: What You Need To Know In Order to Support Yourself As A Writer

By Jennie Jarvis I’ve been teaching writing – either via workshops or in a professional institution like at a University – for over 10 years. While my students and the kinds of writing I teach have changed, one thing has always remained the same: I always get asked the same question. How can I support […]

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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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Paying the Bills by Brad Windhauser

Paying the Bills by Brad Windhauser I’m fortunate enough to have a full-time teaching job, one that affords me a flexible schedule conducive to writing and a decent paycheck. But I wasn’t always so fortunate. Working in restaurants put me through undergrad (1994-1997) and then my Master’s degree (2000-2002) until I retired from the service […]

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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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Do It For The Money by Melanie Neale

5writers is delighted to welcome back guest blogger Melanie Neale. Be sure to read this post all the way to the bottom for an exclusive 5writers exclusive submission opportunity!!!   Melanie Neale grew up living aboard a 47’ sailboat, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from Eckerd College and a Master of Fine Arts degree […]

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Words Are Magic

by Linda Escalera Price   I’ve been trying to stay motivated to write while dealing with some family matters. Issues that demand my time and atten . . . yes, I’ll be right over. Now where was I? Oh yes . . . tion. It’s hard to stay focused when things demand to be taken […]

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