Archive for category The Craft Of Writing

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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A Fiction Writer’s Appreciation for Poetry by Brad Windhauser

A Fiction Writer’s Appreciation for Poetry by Brad Windhauser What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore– And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over– like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy […]

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The Image Abides by Emilia Fuentes Grant

5writers.com is delighted to welcome back Emilia Fuentes Grant as a guest writer for this month! The Image Abides By Emilia Fuentes Grant This month is Poetry Month (as I’m sure you are aware) and we five writers are writing on the influence of poetry in our lives and our work. Poetry was my first […]

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Welcome to the Cruellest Month!

by Ron Hayes In the immortal words of one of my personal faves (and, clearly, MY miglior fabbro): Frisch weht der Wind Der Heimat zu, Mein Irisch kind, Wo Weilest du? And it’s true. Fresh winds are blowing. The cruellest month is upon us. And here we are again, one year later, one year older and, […]

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Contest Caveats: Tips to Keep You From Tilting at Windmills

As February marches inexorably toward the lions and lambs of March, we approach that time of year in which our honest and earnest Año Nuevo resolutions hit a wall and one of two things happens: we abandon our best intentions or, less often, we somehow find the strength to buckle down and redouble our efforts […]

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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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A-Listers and B-Sides: When to Abandon Your Poems

by Ron Hayes The late French poet Paul Valery (1871-1945) is credited with having said, “A poem is never finished, only abandoned,” which, in my experience, is about as profound a concept as I can find. I think it’s true, art—and writing in particular—is often abandoned rather than completed, and regardless of whether it was […]

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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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The Ins and Outs of Furthering My Craft

by Ron Hayes Like so many writers, my ability to engage in self-promotion is, at best, stunted; at worst, it’s almost criminal. At virtually every turn, in any eventuality, I find myself preferring—by far—to curl inward, engaging the internal locus of my writing instead of spending time and energy on the external demands of things […]

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Writing a Good Story Means Creating a Lot of “Waste” in the Process

Writing a Good Story Means Creating a Lot of “Waste” in the Process by Brad Windhauser When I was a kid, I loved these wood dinosaur models.  I couldn’t wait to crack the box, pop all the bones out of the sheets of wood, and get to gluing.  I’d meticulously punch out all the necessary […]

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