Rule the world
Every once in a while, I get a reminder of the power of words. Lately they’ve been as easy to find as a certain chain coffeeshop. They’ve been slipped under my door: my alderman’s up for re-election and his campaign flyers are beautifully written and very persuasive. I’ve streamed them directly to my ear: inspiring podcasts, TV programs (Goodbye Downton!), and audiobooks are available wherever there’s WiFi. I’ve even overheard them waiting in line in a grocery store: the woman behind me at Jewel told her sister she was pregnant over the phone. It was annoying at first, but I quickly became witness to a pure moment of joy. I couldn’t help smiling.
That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? That’s why we write. The addiction to the power that our words can have; and symbiotically, we read other’s words to share the power. It’s beautiful, really.
Before you exert your power over us, make sure to peruse the submission guidelines before you add your post to the challenge. 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.
What did the doctor say?
The optional prompt above can serve as inspiration for your fiction or poetry. Use the question word for word in your story or poem, or just answer it. Dentist or psychiatrist, good news or bad: we want to know.
Speaking of the creative process…
Our interview with David Gallaher, who along with Steve Ellis created an amazing world and characters for their graphic novel The Only Living Boy, is now live! Learn about his creative process, what he loves and hates about writing, and which word he simply cannot type properly no matter what. While you’re at it, consider picking up a copy of the book – it comes out March 8.
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. The prompt is just a springboard, though: feel free to use it as your first sentence, move it, change it, or float down it to other territories.
Last week, Asha told what she would say to her 13-year-old self in Rewriting the Past. This week’s Prompt Up is: I’m familiar with the bitter taste.
March poetry slam: haiku
Haiku is not just about counting syllables, and it’s much, much more than 5-7-5. Rowan will teach you to pack this tiny poem with enough imagery and emotion to sustain your soul for days.
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Yeah write #256 fiction|poetry writing challenge is open for submissions!
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