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Special Edition – Horror Writing: Playing an Insidious Game by Sidney Williams.

This month, 5writers.com is delighted to welcome guest blogger Sidney Williams. Sidney Williams is the author of numerous traditionally horror and thriller novels and short stories. His work has been released in e-book editions from Crossroad Press. Horror Writing: Playing An Insidious Game by Sidney Williams Writing horror is an insidious game, though it’s not […]

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Death in Writing – It’s Not a Story Unless Someone Dies by Brad Windhauser

Death in Writing – It’s Not a Story Unless Someone Dies by Brad Windhauser I don’t have a morbid fascination with death. I didn’t grow up surrounded by death. Although I did have the extreme misfortune of losing two friends in high school—two separate car accidents—I don’t have a pessimistic view of life. However, somewhere […]

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Die Laughing

by Linda Escalera Price When my Grandfather was 89, he sat down on the back deck of his Napa Valley home, watched the setting sun cast shadows across the vineyards, sipped a glass of 18 year-old Glenlivet and breathed his last breath. You could almost see the credits roll at the end of a long, […]

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Crafting The Character Arc: Publication Announcement (News)

5writers.com is delighted to formally announce the publication of Crafting The Character Arc: A Practical Guide to Character Creation and Development. This craft book, written by 5writers.com contributor and co-owner Jennie Jarvis, is intended as a practical guide for writers of any format to use as they craft the journey of their protagonist through a […]

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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 – Part Four by Jennie Jarvis

Need to catch up on the 5writers Group Story, here are Part One, Part Two and Part Three. For this section, please forgive any formatting errors since WordPress is not set up to easily accommodate screenplay formatting. 5 Writers Group Story – Part Four by Jennie Jarvis EXT. SUBURBAN NEIGHBORHOOD – DAY Charred ashes and […]

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5 writers Group Story – Part Three by Darlene Cah

5 writers Group Story – Part Three by Darlene Cah. Need to catch up? Read Part One and Part Two  Experts say serial arsonists hang around to watch their masterpieces of smoke and fire, the flames lapping at wood, bubbling, blistering vinyl, reducing paper to black flakes in seconds. They get a thrill, a rush. Gavin […]

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5 writers Group Story – Part Two by Emilia Fuentes Grant

5 writers Group Story – Part Two by Emilia Fuentes Grant For part one, please click here Two hundred miles away, Rachel stares out the window of a Greyhound bus, wishing she could shut her eyes, if only for a few moments. But it’s too dangerous for her to sleep in public, and absolutely out […]

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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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