Does Spending Dollars on Contests Make Sense?

by Darlene Cah I learned (or perhaps, just came to accept) later in life that I’m competitive. Yeah, I like to compete, like to do my best, like to win. When I was in high school I entered art contests. As an adult, I showed my horse. So when I turned my efforts to writing […]

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Submit to Contests–Or How Submitting to Literary Contests Is Better than Playing the Lottery by Brad Windhauser

Submit to Contests–Or How Submitting to Literary Contests Is Better than Playing the Lottery by Brad Windhauser Playing the lottery is a complete waste of time. The odds are so clearly stacked against you that you might as well hand your money to a homeless person—at least then it can do some good. However, if […]

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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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Entering Screenplays In Competitions – A Look Back

by Jennie Jarvis This month on 5writers.com, we are looking at the importance of using screenplays to elevate your career. When I first posted my blog, “Make them Say ‘Yes!’ Unless They Won’t” last January, I addressed a lot about submitting to contests and fellowships. Therefore, as a bit of  throwback, I’m reposting the blog […]

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Unamused by the Muse

by Darlene Cah WRITER sits at a computer typing in a cluttered office. A single desk lamp illuminates the mess of books, papers, dirty dinner dishes, soda cans, etc. VOICE Hey! How about that story about the woman and the Flamenco guitar player?  (Writer shifts weight)  VOICE I think it has legs. (Writer hits keys […]

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Special Edition: Building A Better Conference Proposal

By Jennie Jarvis This year marks my first year as the Faculty Chairperson for the Florida Writer’s Association Annual Conference. This means I get the honor and responsibility of selecting the formal programming and faculty for FWA’s largest event of the year. In 2014, the conference will take place Thursday October 23rd – Sunday, October […]

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Knowing When to Start a New Project: The Agent’s Perspective by Jennie Goloboy

As you have probably already guessed, this month at 5writers.com, we focused on the theme “Knowing When To Start A New Project.” We all had our ideas on this topic, but one thing we couldn’t answer is this: What advice does an agent have on this topic? To answer the question, we turned to “the […]

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Let’s Get Started

by Linda Escalera Price   When is it time to start a new project?  Right now.  No matter what else you have going on. “Make sure you have another play ready to go.”  Fellow playwright Faye Sholiton offered me this advice early in my career.  I’m pretty sure it was between bites at lunch during […]

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Committing to a New Project

By Jennie Jarvis I don’t know about anyone else, but when I finished a major writing project – whether it be a screenplay or a novel – I fall into a deep depression. Unlike Brad, who wrote earlier this month about having multiple projects going, I can’t do that. I’m a one project at a […]

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