Nothing to be concerned about
Our 250th week of yeah write fun is as good a week as any to talk about trying new outlets. We’ve already shaken things up on you by offering up for inspiration a photo prompt in place of an ultimate question. Now let’s talk about messing with the Prompt Up.
For over two months, we’ve picked a sentence out of the winning nonfiction post and challenged you to incorporate it into your poem or short story. I’ve enjoyed seeing how everyone executes the challenge, but I’d like to try something a little less literal.
This week’s Prompt Up from JingleJangle’s superb essay about her decision to move to another country is: Seven hours left of the day and it’s only Tuesday. Of course, you can always take this sentence at face value, using the sentence word-for-word somewhere in your work. But if everyone does that, we’ll all have to sit down and read a grid full of stories and poems about watching clocks (see what I did there). So what would happen if you put a canoe in that prompt and floated down it a spell to tangential territory. Maybe Tuesday nights are your weekly dinners with your best friend, and maybe your best friend looks a little like John Stamos, and maybe John Stamos reminds you of happy afternoons after school watching Full House. (We won’t judge you. I recently apologized to my parents for never missing an episode of Small Wonder and all subsequent trauma.) So maybe you want to write a sonnet to your favorite character catch phrase: Cut. It. Out. Or maybe you write a story that’s loosely based on your suspicion that you were the Kimmy Gibbler of the neighborhood. We’d love to read those stories; we don’t care how you landed there.
I’d just like to point out that this post started out about trying new avenues to creativity and ended with Kimmy Gibbler. See? Tangents are fun!
Speaking of tangents, before you press the “Post” button, be sure to land on the submission guidelines. If you’ve found some other yeah write writers you dig, why not ask them to be your writing partner? Everyone needs another set of eyes to point out the typos, content errors, and ungainly phraseologies in our posts. Yes, and, I mentioned a photo prompt. Here it is:
The optional photo prompt above can serve as inspiration for your fiction or poetry. In case that’s not enough to get you going:
New inspiration for you
Prompt up is our optional weekly writing prompt for the fiction|poetry challenge! Here’s how it works: we choose a sentence prompt from last week’s winning nonfiction post and announce it in the kickoff. You run with it. It might surprise you where it takes you!
Remember: the prompt is just a springboard: use it, change it, float past it to another topic altogether.
This week’s prompt up once again is: Seven hours left of the day and it’s only Tuesday.
Yeah write is hanging out at this year’s Storyteller’s Summit. Check out Michelle’s post to learn all about it. Did we mention it’s free?!
January poetry slam: aubade
An aubade is a love poem or song – in any form – welcoming or lamenting the arrival of the dawn. It’s the poem that you write for your lover after you slip out the window at sunrise, or the song, full of joy or sorrow, that you sing for the arrival of the dawn. Need more to get started? Rowan has all the details for you.
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Yeah write #250 fiction|poetry writing challenge is open for submissions!
You can check out the submission guidelines and join us with your story or poem using the link below.