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5 On Moving to Jane Friedman’s Blog

Not too long ago, I started 5 On because I wanted to find a way to connect people who have a certain amount of experience with people who might learn or benefit from that experience, and I wanted to do it in an informal, entertaining way. I sent an interview invitation and an explanation of … Read more

5 On: Kris Saknussemm

What does a successful writer have to worry about? How does someone with nearly constant creativity-on-the-brain manage a romantic relationship? Are male and female writers really that different? Kris Saknussemm answers these questions and more in this installment of 5 On. Kris Saknussemm is the author of eleven books, including the Philip K. Dick Award … Read more

5 On: Rick Shefchik

In this installment of 5 On, retired journalist Rick Shefchik, author of the novels Amen Corner, Green Monster, Frozen Tundra, and Rather See You Dead, talks about the everywriter fantasy of leaving a job to write novels, shares his mystery/thriller-writing technique, and discusses his choice of genres. He also explains why he crossed from traditional … Read more

About 5 On

I’ve been an MFA student, a writing instructor, and an author. I discovered as a student and as an instructor that the limitations of the teaching were that they focused heavily on the writing part of writing. There was little about getting published, and even less about the industry-specific failures and successes authors experience in … Read more

5 On: Russell Rowland

In this 5On interview, author Russell Rowland¬† on publishing horror stories, what keeps him writing through “why bother?” moments, marketing, and more. _____ Russell Rowland is the author of In Open Spaces, The Watershed Years, and High and Inside, and and editor with Lynn Stegner of the anthology, West of 98: Living and Writing the … Read more

5 On: Timothy Gager

No matter how long someone has been writing and publishing (traditional or self), there’s always something to learn. And there’s usually, at one time or another, a desire to hear from someone who’s gone through, or is going through, something similar. I thought it would be fun to have a series of Q&As with writers … Read more

“The worst enemy to creativity is self doubt.” – Sylvia Plath

Today’s release of The Year of Dan Palace is, as suggested in the post title, much more than a confirmation of a finished task. [But first: To celebrate – because this book in particular earned the celebration (reason below) – the Kindle edition will sell for $0.99 today only (Nov. 22), until midnight. The paperback … Read more

Isn’t commercialism part of the art of being an artist?

In one of the Birdman scenes I could easily watch many times, intimidating New York Times theater critic Tabitha Dickinson (played by Lindsay Duncan) argues that there is a difference between being an actor (what Keaton’s character Riggan Thomson wants to be) and being a celebrity (what Dickinson insists Riggan actually is). By extension, I … Read more

How much of art’s perceived inferiority or superiority is determined by method of release?

In the latest episode of The Flickcast, hosts Chris Ullrich and Joseph Dilworth Jr. are discussing the latest Star Wars movie when the conversation touches on the perceived value of independent art. Ullrich: I’m starting to worry that we’re going to be inundated with all these genre movies and people are going to get burned … Read more