yeah write #121 weekly writing challenge is open for submissions: personal essays and traditional blog anecdotes

yeah write #121 weekly writing challenge is open for submissions: personal essays and traditional blog anecdotes

yeah write #121 weekly writing challenge is open for submissions: personal essays and traditional blog anecdotes

Michelle Longo of  The Journey opens the yeah write weekly writing challenges for the month of August

I don’t read as much as I should. It seems that day to day life always gets in the way of leisure time, and I don’t stop to pick up a book as often as I’d like. It’s wasn’t surprising to me, then, that I’ve been reading the same memoir for weeks now and making very little progress. I’m interested in the story and it’s not a bad book, I just keep finding other things to do instead.

On Saturday night, with a few spare minutes available to me, I picked up a newly acquired book instead of the one with which I’d been struggling. Inside of one day, I’d read two-thirds of it. Every moment I had was spent reading. Laundry didn’t get done. Lunch took forever because I read while I ate. I sped through the grocery shopping so I could get home to read more. I know how this book ends, but the story is that compelling.

And there in lies the difference. Both books are memoirs of young women who are faced with seemingly impossible circumstances. The difference is that one pulls me into her life and the other tells me about it. One creates a world for me to be a part of and the other lists a series events that happened to and around her. This is a classic example of one writer showing and the other one telling.

Give your readers something compelling to think about in your short piece

A blog post is a much shorter piece than a memoir, but we at yeah write feel the same principle applies. Each word should be selected because it is better than any other available. Your readers want to be captivated by your story. They want to forget about the laundry and the groceries and be fully engaged in the scene you are creating. They want to reach the end, sit back and sigh while they contemplate what you’ve shared. And you, as the writer, want to leave them with a feeling they need to take a minute to finish laughing, wipe a tear, or just sit with the saga you’ve unfolded before they can move on to the next thing.

Consider that as you write. Are you sculpting something captivating or are you chronicling an occurrence? It really can make all the difference.

Odds, ends, reminders

  • Your post can be no longer than 600 words
  • Personal essays or traditional blog anecdotes only
  • There are no weekly prompts; the topic is yours. Be compelling
  • The grid is open from Tuesday at 12:01 a.m. to Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. 
  • There is voting. Voting will take place Thursday from midnight to 10:00 p.m. US eastern 
  • The challenge grid is limited to 50 bloggers
  • The winners’ post will be published by noon on Friday
  • No self-promotional posts are allowed on the yeah write grid, including those containing links to other blog events and Internet contests

Yeah write #121 is open…

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  • Christie [Tue] 6 Aug 13 at 5:50 pm

    OMG< Heidi's book is out? I am DYING. Now I'ma blow my August budget on books, but I must get that. Thanks for sharing. Loving see you ML up on Yeah Write! Whoot!

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  • Christie [Tue] 6 Aug 13 at 2:52 pm

    Wait, I really wnat to know the great book you read. Just to read it. And admire it.

    • Michelle Longo [Tue] 6 Aug 13 at 5:34 pm

      OK, I don’t know why I’m being wishy-washy about this. The book I’m loving right now is Heidi Cave’s Fancy Feet and the book I’m less-than-loving is Dying to Survive by Rachael Keogh.

  • Sam Merel [Tue] 6 Aug 13 at 11:11 am

    And now I need to know what memoir is the “show” and which one is the “tell”!

    • Michelle Longo [Tue] 6 Aug 13 at 12:53 pm

      Ha! I’ll bet you do!

      (Is it uncool for me to specify the books I’m talking about? You know, from an etiquette standpoint.)

  • kirsten oliphant [Tue] 6 Aug 13 at 1:38 am

    Ahem. MICHELLE.

    • Michelle Longo [Tue] 6 Aug 13 at 9:11 am

      Hee hee.

    • Peach [Tue] 6 Aug 13 at 10:24 am

      Second this.

      • Michelle Longo [Tue] 6 Aug 13 at 12:53 pm


  • kirsten oliphant [Tue] 6 Aug 13 at 1:37 am

    Loved the way you put this, Michele! And I have a new blog addy, which is freaking me out a bit. Ignore the fact that my new site is mostly naked. 🙂

    • Michelle Longo [Tue] 6 Aug 13 at 9:10 am

      I only read your post from my phone, so I need to check out the new site from the laptop. I can’t wait to see it!