Where’s the action? Is it happening in your post?

Years ago when I wrote mostly fiction, I used to ask my friend Tom to read my drafts because he was about as far from my imagined audience of literate women as I could get: no preaching to the choir for me.  He drove a big pickup, maintained a carry permit so he could keep his gun with him at all times, made his own sausage (after killing his own pigs, of course) and could fix all the things I couldn’t: cars, air conditioners, electrical stuff.  Every single time he handed me back a draft he said, “How ’bout a car chase?”  

Yes, something needs to happen in that traditional blog anecdote you’re about to submit to yeah write.  The action of last week’s winner—pet dog snatches pet parakeet from the air and eats it—would have pleased Tom.  And when you have some plot to work with, the so what comes more easily.  

So. . .check your post for a central conflict, 600-word limit and so what.  All three in place?  Jump on in!  And if you don’t have someone in your life who is brave enough to hand you back your sweated-over papers and say, “How ’bout a car chase?” just stick around yeah write.  We’re all about helping each other write better.

Our weekly friendly competition and our weekend relaxation

The challenge grid is where we want to see your personal essays and traditional blog anecdotes. Choose moments and stories that will show off your writer’s voice, and come back to vote for your favorites on Thursday.  If the challenge grid hits thirty submissions, the editors will add the best posts to an invitational grid and award a jury prize to the best of the best.  The speakeasy is on summer vacation so no distinct grid for fiction or poetry right now but. . .in the mood for anything goes? On Friday, the moonshine grid has just what you need. 

Is this your first time here? Welcome!

Welcome, virgins!  Please read our beautiful new “how yeah write works” page and you’ll soon be cranking out yeah write posts like a veteran.  The word count for a challenge grid post is 500 words and we’ll forgive an extra 100 if you must. If you need help navigating our site and our quirky submission guidelines, please email us with any questions.

What are you doing this summer? Please join us for our yeah write summer series

All throughout July, we’ll be following ProBlogger’s 31 days to build a better blog workbook

Some sample topics:

  • develop a plan to boost your blog’s profile and readership online
  • develop an editorial calendar for your blog
  • write an elevator pitch for your blog
  • make your blog mobile browser friendly
  • write a review post

We’ll guide our readers through each daily exercise, giving tips based on our combined experience as writers and bloggers. A good, productive time will be had by all. More details are on our yeah write 31dbbb page. If you’ll be joining us, be sure to add your blog to the list of participants.

Grab your badges

The badge for the challenge grid contains the HTML code you need for the Inlinkz app to accept your submission. It’s available in the sidebar, right underneath the “be the first to know” yeah write email blast subscription box and list of quick links.  Be sure to paste the code into the html-view of your post before publishing. Your post cannot be dated earlier than June 2nd.

Odds, ends, reminders

  • Your post can be no longer than 600 words
  • Your post can be dated no earlier than June 2nd, the day the yeah write #112 badges were officially posted
  • The grid is open from Tuesday at 12:01 a.m. to Wednesday at 11:59 p.m.
  • It is limited to 50 bloggers
  • Voting will take place  Thursday from midnight to 10:00 p.m. US eastern
  • The winners’ post will be published at noon on Friday
  • The weekend moonshine grid will open Friday around 6 p.m. and close Monday by 12:01 a.m. 
  • No self-promotional posts are allowed on the yeah write grid, including those containing links to other blog events and Internet contests
  • Combining your yeah write post with other blog events meant to maximize your exposure and minimize your effort is a no-no

Bring us your best stuff.  Bring your friends to read, write and vote. Yeah write #112 is open. . .

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