Posts Tagged 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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Challenge Accepted! (Update)

by Ron Hayes Well. Welcome Spring! While I can’t know what it’s been like for you where you live, I can tell you that in my neck of the woods, we are only just now beginning to emerge from the frigid darkness of winter. Amazing what a simple quarter of the year can bring. If […]

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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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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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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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How to prove to your Parents and to the IRS that Writing is NOT your HOBBY by Barbara Ebert

This month 5writers.com is thrilled to welcome first-time blogger Barbara Ebert, a CPA with Martin, Dolan & Holton in Richmond, VA. This tap-dancing, theatre-going, memoir writing accountant is the coolest CPA you’ll ever run across.  Plus she knows her stuff.  During her many decades as an CPA, she has researched and written returns for plenty of hobby loss/business folks and deals with […]

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Don’t Be Shy! Strut Your Stuff!

by Darlene Cah I’ve met writers who are true introverts, and at the other end of the spectrum, those who know how to work an audience like a seasoned comic. I suspect most of us fall somewhere in the middle. We can handle ourselves respectably in social situations. We may even enjoy putting ourselves and […]

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Po-Biz: What NOT to do (and what you should) in 2015

by Ron Hayes Welcome to 2015! Thank you so much for tuning in with us for another year. I’m very excited at the things we’re planning for you this year, starting with this month’s guest blogger. Be sure to check back with us throughout the month to make sure you don’t miss it! As we […]

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