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Refilling The Well: Getting Re-inspired After A Creative Drought by Jennie Jarvis

By Jennie Jarvis Have you ever had a period of time where the very idea of writing stresses you out? You remember what writing is, don’t you? That thing you used to do, long ago, that gave you so much joy? But now, when you think about doing it, all you feel is guilty and […]

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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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In the Wake of Tragedy

By Jennie Jarvis The world was shocked Sunday morning to awaken to the news of the Pulse Nightclub shooting here in Orlando, Florida. I found out when my father-in-law sent me a text warning me from going to that area. We don’t have cable, so we had to fight with our television antenna to get […]

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Making the Leap From Scene to Scene: Transitions

by Jennie Jarvis When sitting down to write a story, it’s so easy to get caught up in “bullet point” thinking: This happens, then this happens, then this happens. But, if you don’t pay attention to the transitions – how you get from point to point – then a reader or viewer can feel like […]

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Happy Tears and Sad Laughter: Displaying Emotions In A Human Way

by Jennie Jarvis In 2011, my father died of cancer. I had a great relationships with my dad, so, as you can imagine, this really sucked. When it came time to plan his funeral, however, I refused to let the event be depressing. My dad hated when things got too serious, always preferring campy action […]

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2016 is The Year of Positive Energy

by Jennie Jarvis Happy New Year to all our regular 5writers.com readers! Each year, we love to start the year by telling you our goals in the hopes that it will show you that you aren’t alone in your writing goals and to hopefully inspire you to set your own goals as well. If you are […]

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2015: Looking Back at a Year in Flux

By Jennie Jarvis Each December, we here at 5writers.com like to look back at the year and reflect on how we did with our writing goals. Sadly, this year, I completely sucked. I started off the year feeling strong. I was ready to get my standard two novels a year written, and I had the […]

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Writing For Young Audiences

by Jennie Jarvis Last month, I had the privilege of moderating a panel at the Florida Writers Conference on writing for young audiences. Speaking on the panel were the following dynamic writers: New York Times Bestselling Author Beth Revis, Comic Book writer/editor, Graphic Novelist and YA Author Roland Mann, award winning children’s book author and screenwriter […]

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Are You Ready For This? Six Questions To Ask Before Receiving Feedback On Your W.I.P.

By Jennie Jarvis So you just finished your newest short story, novel manuscript or screenplay, and you are stoked! You know it’s one of the best things you’ve ever written. This is the thing that’s going to get you noticed by agents or publishers. It’s the thing that’s going to rake in piles of money […]

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Support Them As You Help Them Grow: Giving Feedback

by Jennie Jarvis This month at 5writers.com, we are going to be talking about one of the most important things we can do for our writing community – giving feedback. Let’s face it. If we were stuck in our own minds and never got any feedback from the outside world, our writing would never grow […]

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