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All You Need Is Decency: Networking and Butt Sniffing For Beginners

By Jennie Jarvis As the Faculty Chairperson for the Florida Writers Conference, and as an attendee at countless other writing conferences and film festivals, I’ve come to learn how terribly awkward people are at networking. Since this month at 5writers.com, we decided to talk about relationships and writing, I thought this would be a great […]

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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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My Year of Nothing

Jerry Seinfeld is famous for his “show about nothing,” which some would argue is actually about everything, a group of friends experiencing the absurdity and hilarity of everyday, mundane life. That’s something. I dreaded writing this post. I could have gotten out of it if I’d lied and claimed I was still swamped at work. […]

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Living in the Present Tense

by Linda Escalera Price I’m supposed to be writing about reflecting on the past year and setting goals for the future. But in the past two months, I learned about an ALS diagnosis, went to the funeral of an old friend, cried when another old friend’s 17 year-old daughter died and sat in the doctor’s […]

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The Year That Was: Reflecting on 2014 and Looking Ahead to 2015 by Brad Windhauser

The Year That Was: Reflecting on 2014 and Looking Ahead to 2015 by Brad Windhauser When I was a kid, the approach of Christmas made me giddy: the decorated tree, my aunt’s delicious cookies, the large presents, and the time off school. When I was in college, the holiday season meant more customers (and tips) […]

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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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Writing Your Accomplishments: Jennie’s Challenge to Help You Be a Better Writer in 2015

By Jennie Jarvis Each December, we here at 5writers.com like to take the month of December to look back at the past year to reflect on what happened and make our goals for next year. For me, 2014 has been quite a year. If you read my post from last December, you’ll see I was […]

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What’s In A Name? Thanks!

by Linda Escalera Price On January 28, 1986, I stood in stunned silence in my office parking lot in Jacksonville, FL as the plume of Space Shuttle Challenger exploded into two hideous plumes. Fourteen years later I named a character, the wife of a Marine aviator who stands strong under adversity, June – as a way of […]

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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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Paying Tribute to the Ones Who Have Inspired and Supported You – Adding Little Flourishes to Your Stories by Brad Windhauser

Paying Tribute to the Ones Who have Inspired and Supported You – Adding Little Flourishes to Your Stories by Brad Windhauser With Thanksgiving approaching, we have decided to discuss a different way to give thanks—how do we pay tribute to the influences in our writing lives, be they our friends and family and/or the writers […]

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