“Yes, I’d like a serving of your best fiction and poetry.”

Although I have been writing since I was a teenager and have spent most of my adult life doing some form of writing-related work, only recently have I begun to appreciate editing. I don’t love editing, just like I don’t love broccoli. I do, however, know both are good for me. Every now and then, editing is sort of fun – in a broccoli-smothered-in-cheddar-cheese way. I discover where a character is going or identify a plot weakness that I feel competent to fix. To stick with the food analogy, the first draft is like pigging out on Fritos, and the editing is a proper meal. I’m likely to feel virtuous when I’m finished. (The lapsed Catholic in me is all about virtue.) Best of all, I have a palatable story.

Having a hard time getting started with a poem or story?  Consider using this week’s optional prompt:

Who’ll stop the rain?

This optional prompt is to serve as your inspiration for your fiction or poetry. Use the question, word for word, in your story or poem, or just answer the question. Think of the not-so-obvious direction. Maybe a character who is all washed up? Already have your own story idea? No problem! The prompt is only there if you need it.

Fall writing contest is on

Interested in winning cash? How about chocolate, and maybe a book to read too? It’s week three of the November contest but there’s still time to join. Just be sure to register for the contest by filling out this entry form. The three best in the competition will win prizes, and those who refer the winners will receive matching prizes, so spread the word! Make sure your entry is the best on the grid before you submit. General rules of each genre apply, and our submissions editor will make sure they pass muster before advancing to the voting. Have more questions? Visit our contest page for all the info.

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The fiction|poetry challenge is open for submissions!