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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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Preparing For A Writing Conference

By Jennie Jarvis As many of you may know, we are smack dab in the middle of Conference season, and hopefully this means that you have already attended a Writing Conference this year or you are planning to attend one in the next couple of months. If you don’t have a Writing Conference on your […]

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Writing is Pre-Writing

By Jennie Jarvis Growing up, I always heard the well-known expression “Writing is Rewriting.” But once I started my formal training as a screenwriter, I heard something much different – “Writing is Prewriting.” What is Prewriting, you may ask? Prewriting is all the prep work you do before you sit down to actually write out […]

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Adapting Writing Boundaries to the Fur Children

By Jennie Jarvis When I lived in Los Angeles, I had the best writing companion. Each afternoon, I would turn to my sweet dog Arnold and say “It’s time to go to work!” He wound bound up the stairs, leading me to the top floor office where I would install myself behind my writing desk […]

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Special Edition: Forgive and Get On With It: Getting Back Into Writing After A Long Break

By Jennie Jarvis Let’s face it: Sometimes, life throws us some curve balls that can affect our writing. It might be something as innocent as things getting busy at work, but it could also be something really stressful like a move or even the death of a loved one. I dealt with multiple curve balls […]

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Jennie’s Top Ten List of What You Should be Watching Now

by Jennie Jarvis Summer is upon us, and for film lovers, that means one thing – Summer Movie Blockbusters! At the time of writing this, Jurassic World already made enough money on its opening day to cover its entire budget (it made an estimated $181-$200 million on Friday alone, and the film only cost $150 […]

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The Lunatics Who Built The Asylum

By Jennie Jarvis This month, we are looking back at the writers who inspired us, and I have to admit… I’m starting to think I might be just a little bit crazy. I always knew this to a degree, of course, but looking at all the works that inspired me, I’ve become quite, quite convinced […]

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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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All You Need Is Decency: Networking and Butt Sniffing For Beginners

By Jennie Jarvis As the Faculty Chairperson for the Florida Writers Conference, and as an attendee at countless other writing conferences and film festivals, I’ve come to learn how terribly awkward people are at networking. Since this month at 5writers.com, we decided to talk about relationships and writing, I thought this would be a great […]

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