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Don’t be a Punk!: The Secret to Marketing Your Work

By Jennie Jarvis People who have never worked within the film industry are often surprised when I tell them about the ins and outs of how a screenplay gets turned into a movie. Well, maybe “surprised” isn’t the right word. “Shocked” or “flabbergasted” might be more appropriate – especially when I’m talking to writers. In […]

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Hats Off: Ten Things To Consider When Writing Your Acknowledgements

by Jennie Jarvis As Brad stated in his great post last week, this month we here at 5 Writers are getting into the spirit of Thanksgiving and talking about paying tribute in our work. For me, this topic feels very timely since it was only a few short months ago when I turned into my editor the Acknowledgements for […]

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Special Edition – Horror Writing: Playing an Insidious Game by Sidney Williams.

This month, 5writers.com is delighted to welcome guest blogger Sidney Williams. Sidney Williams is the author of numerous traditionally horror and thriller novels and short stories. His work has been released in e-book editions from Crossroad Press. Horror Writing: Playing An Insidious Game by Sidney Williams Writing horror is an insidious game, though it’s not […]

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Writing As Catharsis: Writing As A Coping Mechanism

by Jennie Jarvis One of the sad truths about being human is that we will, without doubt, have to deal with death at some point in our life. Even if we are the most anti-social person in the world and stay isolated from every other person on the planet, we will still have to face […]

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Death Poems: Peverse and Pedestrian Ways of “Making it New”

By the pricking of my thumbs,        something wicked this way comes. Macbeth Act IV Scene 1 by Ron Hayes Recently I was speaking with a colleague new to our school. He had just learned that I was the outgoing Poet Laureate of Erie, Pennsylvania and as we were talking I heard him […]

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Special Edition: 5 Ways Exploring New Mediums Can Re-Invigorate Your Writing

by Jennie Jarvis Earlier this month, I had the privilege of attending a great workshop on writing Children’s Picture Books, conducted by Alicia Thompson (@Aliciabooks). I’ve never written Picture Books before, and I don’t have any children. However, I was suffering from a post-writing project burnout, and the idea of exploring this new medium seemed… […]

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What’s In YOUR Belly? What Writers Can Learn From Athletes

by Ron Hayes I can’t help but love the way Brad Windhauser recently invoked the excitement and the intrigue and the infectious nature of the 2014 World Cup (congrats Deutschland!) in his post about inspiration and staying motivated as a writer. While I am not at all a sports writer myself, I am a sports […]

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Just Keep Swimming: Jennie’s Secret to Staying Positive In The Wake Of Rejection

By Jennie Jarvis Let’s face it – In the writing industry, we face a lot of rejection. In fact, most people know more about how writers are rejected than any other part of the industry. Throughout my life, each time I have told various teachers, parents, friends and strangers about my career choice of being […]

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The Image Abides by Emilia Fuentes Grant

5writers.com is delighted to welcome back Emilia Fuentes Grant as a guest writer for this month! The Image Abides By Emilia Fuentes Grant This month is Poetry Month (as I’m sure you are aware) and we five writers are writing on the influence of poetry in our lives and our work. Poetry was my first […]

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“Tennis Anyone?” or: “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Handcuffs”

by Ron Hayes Stockholm Syndrome. Harry Houdini. Robert Frost. Spelunking. A short but strange list, no? It may not be obvious right away, but there is a thread of commonality that runs through it. But what? What could tie spelunking to Robert Frost, Stockholm Syndrome to Houdini and the rest? Oddly, the answer is poetry. […]

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