[huge]”To become a better writer, be a better reader.” [/huge]
[divider_header_h3] What we were looking for [/divider_header_h3]
[toggle_boxed_dark title=”Did your post have one clear idea, the angle, a central conflict, the reason for telling the story?”]There’s got to be a problem, then a problem solved, for there to be a story. You can’t simply list events or detail a conversation.[/toggle_boxed_dark] [toggle_boxed_dark title=”Was the clear idea expressed within the post introduction?”]Get to it. The point.[/toggle_boxed_dark] [toggle_boxed_dark title=”Did your post have a strong and inviting beginning?”]Never attempt to explain to your readers why you’re writing the post, just start writing it. [/toggle_boxed_dark] [toggle_boxed_dark title=”Did your post show your passion for the subject?”]Is it something important to you or just something you wrote?[/toggle_boxed_dark] [toggle_boxed_dark title=”Did you write creatively without clichés and trite phrases?”]Then we kissed your post on the mouth with tongue. [/toggle_boxed_dark] [toggle_boxed_dark title=”Did you take care to properly transition new ideas and subjects within your post?”]If the action was all over the place and we had to read the post twice to get what was happening, we didn’t read it twice, so we don’t know what happened.[/toggle_boxed_dark] [toggle_boxed_dark title=”Did your post have a strong ending that supported your original reason for telling the story?”]Endings are tricky. You can’t just tack one on. The ending should be a natural flow from the conflict to its resolution, even if the resolution isn’t ideal for the protagonist.[/toggle_boxed_dark]
[divider_header_h3] honorable mentions from the various judges [/divider_header_h3]
[divider_header_h3] Jury prize winner [/divider_header_h3]
[image width=”190″ height=”183″ align=”left” lightbox=”true” caption=”” title=””] https://yeahwrite.me/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/blueleaf_winner_jury65.png[/image] With four judges participating and two first place votes, this week’s jury selection is A Place of Greater Safety’s Even if he asked the right question.
This was one moment that lasted maybe 10 minutes. With effective dialogue and the tension of the scene set in the opening lines, Greater Safety revealed in very few words a marriage in trouble. She could have told us how hard it is when your partner doesn’t support something you love, and we would have understood. Instead, by focusing on a detail, a specific conversation on a specific night, she dragged us into that moment with her and let us experience that disappointment with her. This post was honest, focused, and impossible to ignore.
Congrats, GS! Please email me your shipping address (and, in confidentiality, your first and last name or acceptable shipping name) so I can send you The Writing Life, this week’s jury prize chosen by Bill Dameron, our yeah write #65 guest editor.
Yeah write #66 opens Monday: blog design for beginning and advanced bloggers edited by Michael Gray of Dear Harrison.