Watching people…in a not-creepy kind of way

In a few days, I’ll be on vacation in New York City, the best place for people-watching in my opinion.  You’d think I’d be able to completely kick back and relax, take in a few shows, eat some good food; I plan to, but I don’t think I’ll be able to go there and not work on my writing a little bit. And it’s all because a college professor gave my class a tip about characterizations that has stuck with me for years…

She asked us to imagine the characters in our stories walking toward us in a crowd. She asked us to think of a quality they have or a physical item they wear that would draw our eye to them in the crowd: maybe that girl swings her arms intently as she walks, or maybe that guy wears the loudest green hat you’ve ever seen.

I know. I haven’t been able to watch a crowd since without tracking which people catch my eye first. And now I’ve passed that burden onto you. You’re welcome.

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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.

Melony’s winning post, The Cook, brought us into her childhood to a life-changing dinner. This week’s prompt up taken from her post is: For once dinner won’t be about just eating.

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.

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Yeah write #270 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:

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  4. Please make the rounds to read all the entries in this week’s challenge
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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.

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