Where did that come from?
Writing-wise I’m not a planner. I know writers that start their plotting with simple outlines, or with storyboards of key scenes, or even with full PowerPoint presentations. That’s not me. Most of the time I’m just as surprised as the reader to find out where my story or poem winds up and that’s the way I like it. I like to surprise myself.
The closest thing I get to planning happens when I get stuck at a crossroads in the story. I’ll start listing all the different paths my story could take no matter how wacky they are. A deer or jealousy or a jealous deer could storm onto the scene. One of the characters could throw out an accusation or a vertebra or a family heirloom. It’s exciting, all the possibilities. That’s why I’m pumped about this week’s optional prompt:
What’s on the other side?
The optional prompt can serve as inspiration for your fiction or poetry. Use the question, word for word, in your story or poem, or just answer the question. The sky’s the limit on this one. Spiritual or sarcastic? Realistic or otherworldly? Go ahead and surprise us. This summer is for trying something new. Already have a different story thought up? No problem! Use the prompt only if you need it.
We’ve gone unmoderated for the summer months. That doesn’t make it a free-for-all, as posts still need to meet the minimum guidelines listed below, but it does give you some more room to get creative.
For those looking for a challenge, we’ve got many options to choose from. Here’s a list of all of the poetry slams and focus on fiction features so far. Feel free to revisit a fiction genre or poetry form you enjoyed, or catch up on something you missed the first time around. Drawing a blank? You can also find writing exercises in the coffeehouse to get things started.
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Yeah write #219 fiction|poetry writing challenge is open for submissions!
Basic yeah write guidelines: 750 word limit; your entry can be dated no earlier than this past Sunday; fiction or poetry only.
How to submit and fully participate in the challenge:
1. In the sidebar of this week’s post, please grab the code beneath the fiction|poetry badge and paste it into the HTML view of your entry
2. Follow the Inlinkz instructions after clicking “add your link” to upload your entry to this week’s challenge grid
3. Your entry should appear immediately on the grid if you don’t receive an error message
4. Please make the rounds to read all the entries in this week’s challenge
5. Consider turning off moderated comments and CAPTCHA on your own blog
This summer, all our grids are unmoderated which means submissions meeting the basic guidelines will be published Thursday on yeah write. Those entries will be open to a popular vote with the winner celebrated on Friday.
Thank you for sharing with us your hard work! Good luck in the challenge…