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August blues

So, August. This is the month when I’m so hot and sticky all the time that I really don’t expect very much from myself, especially when it comes to writing. My style stretches and breathes, not putting on any airs or being too fancy. That’s not to say I don’t try, I just give myself room to be what I am: tired. Sweaty. Covered in bug bites. Cranky.

Sometimes this compels me to write about an Arctic expedition or snowdrifts. Sometimes I dive into the swampy heat on the Louisiana bayou in order to remind myself that there are places more humid than here. Wherever I am in my writing, I don’t take it too seriously. It is the dog days of summer, after all.

Speaking of which, our optional prompt provides similar inspiration:

Who let the dogs out?

Oh yeah. We went there.

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 it. Metaphorical or real dogs both welcome. 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; posts still need to meet the minimum guidelines listed below, but it does give you some more room to get creative.

Who, who, who, who, who?

We’re starting a new August focus on fiction and poetry slam, both inspired by this astronomical event. For this month’s focus on fiction, we’ll be turning people into dogs (or any other animal) with anthropomorphism. Where poetry’s concerned, we’ll be highlighting the doggerel, a lazy-form that doesn’t set too high of a bar for these sticky August days.

Still drawing a blank? You can also find writing exercises in the coffeehouse to get things started.

Is this your first time here?

Check out Sunday’s post which kicked off the week here at yeah write. If you don’t think you can remember to check back every Sunday, sign up for our email blasts. We send them directly to your inbox. No fuss!

Yeah write #225 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…

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