The Poor Children by April L. Ford – A 5Writers Review

by Ron Hayes Once when I was about 20 years old, in-between College Enrollment #1 and Huge Life Mistake #2, I was crashing at my mom’s for a while as our family tried to spiral back into normalcy after my father’s untimely death. Long an avid reader, my mom always had a handful of paperbacks lying around, waiting […]

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At What Price, Truth?

by Linda Escalera Price When I was 16, I read a book that shone light on the unspoken truth of what it was like to live in the home of a Marine fighter pilot. Words we had dared not utter outside of our homes – even to our best friends – pages and pages of […]

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True Dat!

By Darlene Cah Ever read—or write—a story that seems to be trying too hard? To go for a laugh, or to create high drama? To push a theme or a perspective on a particular topic? I know I’ve written more than a few stories that were painfully superficial. What they lacked was truth. Many of […]

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Don’t You Lie To Me! By Michael Tabb, WGA

5writers.com is pleased to welcome guest blogger Michael Tabb, WGA. WGA writer Michael Tabb has written for Universal Studios, Disney Feature Animation, comic book icon Stan Lee, and industry players including: Lawrence Bender, Sean Daniel, Paul Schiff, Mark Canton, Mike Newell, Thor Freudenthal and Dustin Hoffman while speaking at schools and panels across the nation. […]

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The Secret to Writing Fantasy: Reality

by Jennie Jarvis In both my screenwriting and my novel writing, a lot of my work has been in the fantasy genre. I’ve created worlds where leprechauns play tricksters, where yokai run shops, and where a person can die by turning into a robot. Each of these stories have won awards and gained interest from […]

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What Truth Is

by Ron Hayes for Philip Levine, 1928-2015 It’s a common affliction among us poets that early in our formative years we put pressure on ourselves to swing for the fences. We obligate ourselves to compose the poetic equivalent of a walk-off grand slam that will proclaim our own greatness and announce to the world the […]

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A Month of Truth: What Role Does Truth Play in Writing? By Brad Windhauser

A Month of Truth: What Role Does Truth Play in Writing? By Brad Windhauser The truth is relative. This is either a quote I picked up somewhere or it represents the spirit of something I read. For the longest time, I didn’t quite grasp how or why this was true: facts are facts, right? This […]

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The Agent/Author Relationship: The Push Me – Pull You of Publishing by Stacey Graham

5writers.com is delighted to have Stacey Graham with us this month. Stacey Graham is the author of four books and a rag-tag collection of short stories. She is currently scaring the pants off of readers with her book HAUNTED STUFF: DEMONIC DOLLS, SCREAMING SKULLS, AND OTHER CREEPY COLLECTIBLES. She intends on returning the pants at […]

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Hello, Self…

By Darlene Cah We maintain many relationships in our lives as writers. Professionally, we may interact with editors, publishers, book sellers, beta readers, writer colleagues, managers, publicity people, fans (Hey, I’m thinking big, here!). Personally, we have spouses or significant others, friends, parents, siblings, extended family members, non-writing professional acquaintances, such as doctors, accountants, among […]

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Sharing is Caring: Relationships Essential To Writing

by Ron Hayes Earlier this month, Brad showed us some great ways of injecting our established personal relationships into what we’re writing. And while Jenny gave us all great advice on how to establish and maximize relationships when the writing’s done, I’d like to change gears a little and talk about how the relationships you […]

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