As the name of my blog The Relative Cartographer suggests, one of my hobbies is researching my family tree. Before I start digging into my ancestor’s history, I spend time looking into different state and local websites and newspapers archives that might hold the documents of my their life. Early on I read advice to bookmark those sites as I go. Little by little, I collected a library of helpful links that are there for me anytime I need them. I call it my Ancestor Toolbox. And you’re probably thinking right now, that’s great, Nate, but what does this have to do with writing?

Well, I did the same thing with my writing. In my writer’s toolbox I have the Purdue OWL (Thanks, Rowan!) to give me a quick lesson on grammar when I need it. I have a couple sites that generate writing prompts, such as a first line generator and a plot generator. I have a few writer’s blogs I like to read, such as Terribleminds and We Are Not Alone. I gathered the links to my favorite online dictionary, thesaurus, and rhyming dictionary. Do you have something like my writer’s toolbox on your browser? If you do, what sites do you go back to all the time? If you don’t, what sites would you want if you made one? Enquiring minds want to know.

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Prompt up!

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. It’s your job to use that prompt in your poem or story and then run with it. 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, Meg gave some memorable advice in her post, For the Class of 2016. This week’s prompt inspired by her words is: She closed her eyes to smell the phlox.

June poetry slam: the asefru

I’m calling this month’s poetry slam “the haiku on steroids” because it’s pumped up with more syllables and it likes to flex its rhyming muscles. Read more about this lyrical poetry form: the asefru.

Check out Sunday’s post which kicked off the week here at yeah write. Our email subscribers can also join us in the yeah write coffeehouse at its home on Facebook.

Yeah write #268 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 challenge grid 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

Submissions for this week’s challenges will close on Wednesday at 10pm ET. Voting will then open immediately thereafter and close on Thursday at 10pm ET. The winners, as always, will be celebrated on Friday.

Thank you for sharing with us your hard work! Good Luck!

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