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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Who Am I?

By Darlene Cah I am a young Latina woman who sees Jesus’ face on a window shade in her apartment in the projects. I am an elderly male, Afro-American, Jazz bassist, who connects with a white mission woman in the audience through music. I am a white, lower middle-class, Italian-American woman who elopes with a […]

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The “Other” Problem: Does Literary License = Cultural Appropriation?

by Ron Hayes As a lover and observer of language, I’ve come to the realization that I am, for all intents and purposes, a linguamorph. Or maybe it’s lenguamorph. I don’t know. Not sure which would be correct really but, given the fact I’m making up a word to match a concept, the question is moot. My […]

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Writing “The Other”: Creating Characters Different than You by Brad Windhauser

Writing “The Other”: Creating Characters Different than You by Brad Windhauser Oh, I thought a woman had written this story…. You wrote this? But you’re white… I’ve heard these types of comments expressed during fiction workshops—and not always at me. There’s a compliment buried in these reactions—in theory, the author rendered a type of character […]

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Learn to Use Feedback in Order to Revise Your Work by Brad Windhauser

Learn to Use Feedback in Order to Revise Your Work by Brad Windhauser We all want to make our stories as good as they can be. We take classes in order to hone our craft—and the feedback we get while there helps us grow. This input is also one reason authors join writers groups. Mature […]

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Are You Ready For This? Six Questions To Ask Before Receiving Feedback On Your W.I.P.

By Jennie Jarvis So you just finished your newest short story, novel manuscript or screenplay, and you are stoked! You know it’s one of the best things you’ve ever written. This is the thing that’s going to get you noticed by agents or publishers. It’s the thing that’s going to rake in piles of money […]

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My #Pitchwars Experience: How Taking Part in This Cool Experience Enhanced My Completed Novel by Brad Windhauser

My #Pitchwars Experience: How Taking Part in This Cool Experience Enhanced My Completed Novel by Brad Windhauser Up until three years ago, I didn’t have a Twitter account. I’d heard plenty about how and why people used it, but, after exploring it, I didn’t grasp how to make connections with people nor why 140 characters […]

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Why In The World Do You Want My Feedback?

by Linda Escalera Price That’s always my first question when someone asks for feedback. Granted, it might be unspoken, but the answer (theirs or my best guess) guides the way in which I read and give feedback.  There could be thousands of reasons (there’s an interesting writing prompt) and each reason guides me to read […]

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