Time to refocus

It feels like a never ending winter where I’m sitting here in the northeastern United States. Winter is always a time of hunkering down and just trying to maintain until the sun starts to shine again. And, now, with spring fewer than three weeks away, my focus is on rebirth, renewal, and refocus. 

The season for soups and casseroles, warm blankets and knitted sweaters can give us a sort of complacency. Maybe you’ve been watching the same old shows on Netflix or playing that same board game for the umpteenth time. Are you ready for something new? Are you aching to mix things up a bit?

Try something new

Two years ago, I took a writing class designed to kick the backside of the flailing writer, providing a jump start. One assignment was to get out of our comfort zone to experience something new. 

It’s often a difficult thing, trying something unfamiliar. Who among us actually enjoys discomfort? But think back to a time when you did step outside of your happy place. Regardless of what you did or how it turned out, I’d guess you learned something from the experience and grew as a person.

And what is spring but a time when the plants and flowers and trees come back to life? Maybe now is the time, your time, to push just a little farther, just a little harder, and branch out in new ways.

Are you new here? Have you been lurking here all winter, reading and voting silently? Maybe submitting to the challenge grid for the first time is your big leap. Welcome!

Maybe it’s just time for a new experience. Take a class, find a new hobby, go on an adventure. Opportunity awaits! You may find you have a new topic to write about or maybe you will take your writing off into a whole new direction. Whatever you do, don’t stagnate. Keep learning, keep growing and stretching. What are you waiting for?

Moderated grid and scaled voting

We’re looking for you to bring your best work when you know it’s going to be the best on the grid. After you submit your work, our submissions editor will review it to be sure it meets our guidelines. If it does, you’ll see your thumbnail appear below. If not, it will be returned to you with a love letter letting you know how you could improve it. Take those notes and keep at it. We love to see writers who don’t give up. 

When we get to 30 or more entries on the challenge grid, the invitational grid opens and the yeah write editors select their favorites.The jury prize is chosen as the best submission of the week. Invitational or not, we will host a popular vote where you’ll be able to select your favorites from the grid. The number of votes allotted is determined by the number of submissions on the grid:

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  • 01-10 submissions: one vote
  • 11-20 submissions: two votes
  • 21-30 submissions: three votes
  • 31-40 submissions: four votes
  • 41-50 submissions: five votes

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The more submissions, the more votes. Now’s the time to tell your writing and blogging friends about our friendly little competition. Write a blurb beside your yeah write challenge button inviting them. Send a personal email. Stumble over a blog post you think would be perfect for the challenge grid? Email us the link, and if it’s a good fit, we’ll add it ourselves.yeahwrite

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Are you a member of a writing forum or a literary blogging community? Please leave a link with your friends over there telling them all about us. If you don’t have another writing home online, be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook where you can easily share or retweet us. The more we grow, the more we can learn from one another. Your endorsement of what we’re doing here is invaluable.

Odds, ends, reminders

  • The badge you will need to add to your planned submission is over in the sidebar
  • This immediate past Sunday is the earliest your submission can be dated
  • 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 #151 is open…

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