A major part of lurking is never actually interacting, so I’m out of my comfort zone here.

While I take my lurking very seriously, it’s only fair that I get to chat with you guys somehow, so I volunteered to introduce the challenge grid this week. Erica’s taking some peaceful, toddler-less time to herself, de-fleaing puppies.

I wrote a list of topics I could share with you, but then I lost the list. When I found it three days later, all the items were pretty boring.

This isn’t interesting, funny or helpful, I told my husband.

He offered: What would Larry David do?

When it doubt, try WWLDD as a prompt. I’ve found it a handy abbreviation that helps me turn nothing into something.

You know the story: Essentially, Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld wrote about their lives in New York as the theme for the show Seinfeld. Then, they wrote about writing the sitcom for the sitcom. In Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry David wrote about his post-Seinfeld life while taking a second look at some of the themes from Seinfeld in a more adult way. Basically, his career has been a fictional rehash of his existence. And that’s been the secret to his success.

You’ll find that most winners on the grid share an anecdote from their lives. Simply emoting about the wondrousness of motherhood isn’t going to cut it. Rants about work or family—without any storytelling—won’t get a lot of yellow star clicks.

The joke, both underlying and overt, throughout the Seinfeld years was that the show is about nothing, but each episode of nothing lasting 22 minutes had an introduction, a conflict, a climax and its resolution.

There’s no difference between you and that schmuck Larry David.  Just remember three things:

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  • Anything, even the drive to work, can be an interesting story if you write it well
  • As long as there’s a clear ending, not every resolution has to be satisfying to the main character
  • Shorter is better. It may hurt to cut some of your carefully crafted word-gifts, but your keeping it sharp and simple will make for a more enjoyable read. Your selflessness will pay off,  then yadda, yadda, yadda, you have a solid, competitive entry

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Welcome to yeah write challenge grid #61. Make us laugh, make us cry, make us think, but bring us your best stuff.  Be sure to visit the hangout grid, hosted by Kristin W, for more great reads.

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