Archive for category When I Write

Confessional and Contemporary: Poems, Life, and Elizabeth Bishop

By Dominique Traverse Locke 5Writers is pleased to welcome back Dominique Traverse Locke, author of The Goodbye Child and No More Hard Times for her second guest blog appearance.  “Read this,” I say to my husband, who, in all his infinite wisdom, knows translates to, “I wrote a poem. Fix whatever’s wrong with it.” And he does. When asked […]

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Too Much Time on my Hands

I worked at J. Walter Thompson when James Patterson was the Executive Creative Director. Word around the agency was he sat at his desk at 5 am every day, writing his mystery novels. Whether you’re a fan of his work or not, you have to admire his dedication, his strict schedule, his consistency. I’m not […]

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When I Write, by Dominique Traverse Locke

Please welcome our first (of perhaps many) guest blogger. Dominique Traverse Locke received her B.A. in English from Virginia Intermont College where she served as editor of the college’s literary magazine, and received her Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte. While at Queens, Dominique studied with poets Cathy Smith Bowers, Alan Michael Parker, […]


When the Time’s Right… and If It’s Inconvenient, Make It Work.

When the time’s right… and if it’s inconvenient, make it work. The first way to approach this issue of when to write involves the easy response to the question: is there a time of day best suited for writing?  I used to be a night owl.  I’d drink some coffee, light up some cigarettes, turn […]


Embracing Ten Minutes

By Jennie Jarvis For this month’s topic, the five of us decided on the topic of “when” we write. At first this seemed like a pretty straightforward idea. I write when… but then I really thought about it. When do I write? With my busy schedule, trying to balance life, a romantic relationship and my […]