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It’s my business

I spent more than a decade as a freelance advertising copywriter before I became a playwright. So when I shifted genres – taking a huge paycut in the process! – I already knew the one thing that can make or break your writing career. Mindset. You can take yourself seriously. Or not. You can see […]

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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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Po-Biz: What NOT to do (and what you should) in 2015

by Ron Hayes Welcome to 2015! Thank you so much for tuning in with us for another year. I’m very excited at the things we’re planning for you this year, starting with this month’s guest blogger. Be sure to check back with us throughout the month to make sure you don’t miss it! As we […]

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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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Hats Off: Ten Things To Consider When Writing Your Acknowledgements

by Jennie Jarvis As Brad stated in his great post last week, this month we here at 5 Writers are getting into the spirit of Thanksgiving and talking about paying tribute in our work. For me, this topic feels very timely since it was only a few short months ago when I turned into my editor the Acknowledgements for […]

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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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Special Edition: 5 Ways Exploring New Mediums Can Re-Invigorate Your Writing

by Jennie Jarvis Earlier this month, I had the privilege of attending a great workshop on writing Children’s Picture Books, conducted by Alicia Thompson (@Aliciabooks). I’ve never written Picture Books before, and I don’t have any children. However, I was suffering from a post-writing project burnout, and the idea of exploring this new medium seemed… […]

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Just Keep Swimming: Jennie’s Secret to Staying Positive In The Wake Of Rejection

By Jennie Jarvis Let’s face it – In the writing industry, we face a lot of rejection. In fact, most people know more about how writers are rejected than any other part of the industry. Throughout my life, each time I have told various teachers, parents, friends and strangers about my career choice of being […]

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