Posts Tagged creative writing

My Writing Assistants Wear Fur

By Darlene Cah Eight years ago, I stopped into Food Lion to pick up some salad, veggies, and a bag of Sun Chips. I went home with two feisty kittens, still blue-eyed balls of fuzz I could fit in the palms of my hands. They had wandered over, across two parking lots from a feral […]

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Dog Days of Summer: Writing With Pets

by Ron Hayes It’s late. The house is dark and still. Down the hall from my office, where I sit with only a dim lamp and the harsh glow of my MacBook for light, my wife and son are shut behind their respective bedroom doors, fast asleep. I’ve been clicking away at these keys for […]

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Thank You, Charlie!

By Darlene Cah When I applied to the School of Visual Arts back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I remember filling out a lengthy form with dozens of questions about my life as an artist, my commitment to art, and so on. These were difficult answers to put into words simply because I’d never given […]

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National Poetry Month and Dominique Locke

A Note To Our Subscribers: For the next month our posts at 5Writers will increase from six to ten; therefore the number of notifications you receive via email will also increase. Please know that it is not our intent to spam you, nor is it permanent increase. It is temporary and will only happen for the month of April […]

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Waiting for Inspiration

by Darlene Cah I’ve heard it said that writers can’t wait for inspiration. We have to start writing even without that grand idea, the magical spark that spurs us forward into that time-suspended state of mind where words spew onto our computer screens, seemingly on their own. While those brilliant moments happen (and what gifts […]

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The Upstart Path: 10 Questions for Fin Press’s Jacob Arnold

by Ron Hayes Jacob Arnold is a poet and a writing teacher living with his young family in Denton, Texas. About a year ago, Jake melded his passion for teaching with his passion for writing and lo, a Press was born. Partnering with his father-in-law Ron, and with his wife Cassie as the company’s Chief Financial Officer, Jake […]

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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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The Ins and Outs of Furthering My Craft

by Ron Hayes Like so many writers, my ability to engage in self-promotion is, at best, stunted; at worst, it’s almost criminal. At virtually every turn, in any eventuality, I find myself preferring—by far—to curl inward, engaging the internal locus of my writing instead of spending time and energy on the external demands of things […]

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The Performance or The Page? Poetry’s Great Schism

by Ron Hayes In the month or so since my last post, I had the pleasure of hosting a poetry reading to close out the local poetry contest I’d run over the summer. I invited all those who had entered a poem in the contest to come and read poem they’d entered along with one […]

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Beyond Edgar and Ezra: Back to School Edition

by Ron Hayes As the end of August draws near—and with it the end of yet another summer—the stores and the shopping malls tell us that the diminishing daylight and dropping temps can mean only one thing: Christmas is here! Okay, well perhaps not that quite yet. Of course we all know that with the […]

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