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Why I Don’t Need To Set Goals

By Linda Escalera Price I HATE goals. I know, I’ve mentioned this before. But I really do. So I don’t set them. Here’s my rationale. I don’t need goals to give me direction – I know where I’m headed. I don’t need goals to get things accomplished – I know what things I want to […]

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New Year. New Stories. New Ideas.

By Darlene Cah   When I started thinking about this annual goal-setting post, my first thoughts went to the short story (possible novella) I want to finish, the short story I’m working on whenever I get a chance, the few other stories that have potential if I could just get around to revising them, and […]

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2016 is The Year of Positive Energy

by Jennie Jarvis Happy New Year to all our regular 5writers.com readers! Each year, we love to start the year by telling you our goals in the hopes that it will show you that you aren’t alone in your writing goals and to hopefully inspire you to set your own goals as well. If you are […]

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Goals for 2016 by Brad Windhauser

Goals for 2016 by Brad Windhauser I’m a scheduler, and setting goals (both large and small) keeps my work on track. Part of developing this particular skill means setting goals that are both important and reachable. This year, I have ensured that my goals are designed to accomplish my long term writing goal: be a […]

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2016: A Crossroads Year

by Ron Hayes In the Memeland known as Facebook, there’s a certain meme that has struck me kinda hard over the past few days. It’s the one that frames the new year as a metaphor for a 365-page book for each of us to write. I think the reason it resonates so strongly is because it immediately generates in me a near-overwhelming […]

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2015: A Year of Regrouping and Refocusing by Brad Windhauser

2015: A Year of Regrouping and Refocusing by Brad Windhauser This past year I took stock of my various ongoing writing projects. Were they still serving my career goals? Some were, some were not; others, though important, consumed too much of my time. So, this year, I made a concerted effort to wrap-up a very […]

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Conversation with the 2015 Muse

2015: The long-awaited return of the Muse By Darlene Cah Me: Oh, it’s you. I almost didn’t recognize you. Muse: Don’t be snarky. I have other writer clients, you know, and I’ve nudged you a few times this year, and what did you do? Blew me off. Me: It was 3:34 in the morning! I […]

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2015: Looking Back at a Year in Flux

By Jennie Jarvis Each December, we here at 5writers.com like to look back at the year and reflect on how we did with our writing goals. Sadly, this year, I completely sucked. I started off the year feeling strong. I was ready to get my standard two novels a year written, and I had the […]

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2015: An Inspiring Year; A Disquieting Year

by Ron Hayes It’s that time again. Hard to believe but, as they inevitably must, our days get shorter, nights get darker, the snows return, and we find ourselves contemplative at the close of another year. Time to take stock: How did we do? WHAT did we do? What can we do better? While it would be […]

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Writing For Young Audiences

by Jennie Jarvis Last month, I had the privilege of moderating a panel at the Florida Writers Conference on writing for young audiences. Speaking on the panel were the following dynamic writers: New York Times Bestselling Author Beth Revis, Comic Book writer/editor, Graphic Novelist and YA Author Roland Mann, award winning children’s book author and screenwriter […]

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