All Talk, All Action

By Darlene Cah I write fiction, specifically short stories and flash. But before I entered the world of narrative, I wrote and performed sketch comedy, humorous essays and, as a copywriter in traditional advertising, radio and TV commercials. I didn’t even consider trying my hand at fiction. Frankly, it scared me. Still does, sometimes. Then […]

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Work All Your Mental Muscle Groups- The Benefits of Writing in Different Genres by Brad Windhauser

Work All Your Mental Muscle Groups- The Benefits of Writing in Different Genres by Brad Windhauser In high school, I ran track. I wasn’t competitive (wasn’t my goal), but I enjoyed being in shape, liked my teammates, and enjoyed pushing myself during practice. One of the great things I learned while being a part of […]

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Brad Windhauser’s new Philadelphia-set novel, The Intersection, will be released September 8th

Happy to announce that Brad Windhauser’s new Philadelphia-set novel, The Intersection, will be released September 8th.   Advance praise for The Intersection: “In this engrossing, sharp-sighted novel, Windhauser places us at the intersection of people who defy suffering even as their pain threatens to strangle them. These are strong characters, fiery and deserving of our attention, […]

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They, Too, Dislike It: 12 Artists Who Crossed Genres and Wrote Poetry

by Ron Hayes Ah, poetry. Who hasn’t taken a stab at slapping couplets together in a lovesick attempt to show that special someone just how special they really are? Who hasn’t memorized a favorite limerick and then later decided to improve on it, change it, or otherwise contribute something fresh in an attempt to make […]

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From Curious to Furious: Confessions of a Research Junkie

By Darlene Cah If you had told me when I was in high school or college that I would become addicted to research, I would have laughed in your face—I’m talking coffee-spraying-from-mouth laughed! It would have been hysterical (in the literal sense of the word), not to mention messy. I’ll blame my penchant for research […]

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Using Pinterest As a Research Tool

  by Jennie Jarvis As a fiction writer, most of my job entails making crap up. Yes, my stories are based in realities, and it’s important for those realties to ring true in the hearts and minds of my readers. Sometimes, this means doing a little traditional research. Lately, I’ve been spending hours watching videos […]

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Research Tips From A Librarian by Kate Neff

5writers.com welcomes Kate Neff to the site this month! Kate has worked in the library setting for over 15 years, from the public library, to colleges, to the public school system. It’s hard for her to say which is her favorite, but there is never a dull day no matter which kind of library one works […]

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When The Muse Is Elusive

by Ron Hayes What does research have to do with poetry and why in the world would a poet ever need to do research? Ever been asked this question? Ever asked it yourself? When the term “research” crops up in a conversation amongst you and your poet friends, do they look at you funny and […]

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Write What You Know—But What If Your Knowledge Hits a Wall? By Brad Windhauser

Write What You Know—But What If Your Knowledge Hits a Wall? By Brad Windhauser Write What You Know. I interpret this oldest-of-writing adages a few different ways. First, I believe it encourages me to explore the things that matter to me. Second, it suggests that I impose my world view on my work—my truth, basically. […]

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Publication news – Brad Windhauser’s new novel published September 8th

I’m happy to announce that Brad Windhauser’s new Philadelphia-set novel, The Intersection, will be released on September 8th by Black Rose Writing. The story: When a white driver critically injures a black bicyclist, the residents in a tense, gentrifying South Philadelphia neighborhood can’t decide whether to unite, hide, or explode. Ms. Rose wrestles with ways […]

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