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Special Edition: The Poem’s the Thing (Poetry as Theater)

by Jennie Jarvis   When I was in middle school and high school (you know, that time when I thought my perspective on the world was all that mattered in the Universe), I spent a lot of time writing. I had Feelings (capital F), and I wanted to get them out. Since I went to a […]

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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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Special Edition: What’s the Difference between New Adult and Young Adult Fiction?

5writers is happy to welcome to our site, guest blogger Jill Elaine Hughes. Jill Elaine Hughes is a Chicago-based freelance journalist specializing in personal finance, careers, and health/wellness issues. She has written for the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, the Chicago Reader, Phoenix Forward, and many regional magazines. She is also a New Adult novelist. […]

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Special Edition: Blurring Lines – The Difference between Erotica and Romance by j. leigh bailey

Romance and Erotica are two of the highest sellers on Amazon, and with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we thought it would be great to have an expert come in and explain the difference between these two steamy genres. j. leigh bailey is an office drone by day and the author of Young Adult […]

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Special Edition: Building A Better Conference Proposal

By Jennie Jarvis This year marks my first year as the Faculty Chairperson for the Florida Writer’s Association Annual Conference. This means I get the honor and responsibility of selecting the formal programming and faculty for FWA’s largest event of the year. In 2014, the conference will take place Thursday October 23rd – Sunday, October […]

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Subtlety in Fiction – Trust Your Audience by Brad Windhauser

Subtlety in Fiction – Trust Your Audience (Anne Tyler’s Breathing Lessons) by Brad Windhauser Understandably, writers want (and need) to develop their world for their readers.  To do this, the writer needs to create characters, a sense of setting, tone, etc. When it comes to the characters, you need to provide relevant details that paint […]

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“Writing Out Loud: Sean Carney Explains the Art of Storytelling”

This month, 5Writers is pleased to feature guest blogger Sean Carney, who shares his experience in storytelling competitions. Sean Carney is a writer living in Philadelphia. He’s currently working on an essay collection and his second novel, but also tries to provide a distraction from daily life by writing funny stories (about daily life) on […]

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Special Edition: Do you NaNo? – A beginner’s guide to NaNoWriMo

By Jennie Jarvis Have you heard about NaNoWriMo? In a nutshell, it’s National Novel Writing Month, and it’s an internet based challenge whose purpose is to give writers the motivation and deadlines to write an entire manuscript in a single month. The challenge takes up the entire month of November, running from the 1st to […]

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Redefining the Hero Archetype: The Genius Writing in HBO’s Game of Thrones by Brad Windhauser

Redefining the Hero Archetype: The Genius Writing in HBO’s Game of Thrones by Brad Windhauser Warning: this post is crammed with plot spoilers for HBO’s Game of Thrones.  If you haven’t seen the show and plan to, you might want to read this at some other point. I don’t have HBO, so it wasn’t hard […]

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Timey-Whimey: The Biggest Secret of the Publishing Industry (Special Edition)

By Jennie Jarvis As an aspiring writer, I’ve been given a lot of advice to consider as I pursue my writing career. While there were a few positive things conveyed to me along the way, most of what I encountered were warnings of harsh feedback, rejections, painful rewrites, and people maybe possibly stealing my work […]

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