Posts Tagged Writing tips

The Light in Barcelona: Setting in Screenwriting

By Jennie Jarvis In 2006, the Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock romance The Lake House came to theaters. For the most part, the film was mediocre as far as romances go. I cared about the characters, and the situation that kept them apart was an interesting twist, but overall, it didn’t exactly touch my heart […]

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Getting Emotional by Matt Peters

5writers is delighted to welcome today’s guest blogger, Matt Peters. Matt Peters has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Orleans and a BA in English from the University of Central Florida. He is the publisher and managing editor of Beating Windward Press, a small press for emerging authors. http://www.BeatingWindward.com His non-fiction […]

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ZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…Wake me When Something Happens

By Darlene Cah I had written humorous essays, sketch comedy and advertising copy, but always danced around fiction, too scared to really commit. Though, I’d tried to write short stories now and again, I knew they weren’t good, but had no idea why. Looking back, now with a tad more experience, I’d say they were […]

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A Cure for What Ails You

Perhaps one of the things for which I’m most grateful in having completed my MFA is the time it forced me to spend looking inward. For as much time as I was asked to consider the writing of others, I was also charged (however directly or indirectly) with the onerous task of contemplating the words […]

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Special Edition: Give Tweeting A Chance

By Jennie Jarvis “I refuse to tweet.” That was my motto for years. I thought that the idea of Twitter was ridiculous. It’s like Facebook, only it’s just status updates? What’s the point? It’s a bunch of teenagers and celebrities complaining about the drama that they caused in their own lives or about what they […]

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Voice Lessons

To those of you who have ever spent time in a high school English class, I’ll lay odds that you can recognize, “Once upon a midnight dreary,” or “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood.” Yes, Poe and Frost, two of America’s most anthologized and over-exemplified poets, are easily recognizable by anyone with even a […]

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Special Edition: So You Want To Write A Textbook

By Jennie Jarvis I’ve been teaching a workshop entitled Crafting the Character Arc for about five years now. In this workshop, I teach a step-by-step process for creating a goal-based character arc for the protagonist and supporting characters of a narrative written in any genre. Whether my attendees were writing film, comics, novels or even […]

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The Importance of Branding

By Jennie Jarvis   “I’m getting discouraged,” I finally broke down and confessed to my agent. It had been three months since we started submitting my first novel to publishing houses, and even though she told me that the publishing industry crawls at a glacier-like pace, I hated that I hadn’t heard back from many […]

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The Writing Platform – Finding Your Niche by Dawn Frederick

Since we are discussing the writer’s community this month, we knew that we HAD to discuss the Writer’s Platform, a relatively new term with some serious buzz. To kick off our discussion on Writer Platforms, we are delighted to welcome guest blogger and agent extraordinaire Dawn Frederick! Dawn Frederick is the owner and literary agent […]

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Community Not Competition

By Jennie Jarvis Once upon a time, I was convinced that I had all the answers. I knew everything that I needed to know about getting my work out there for the world to see. Those other writer/directors out there were my competition, and they just needed to get out of my way. All I […]

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