Gears grinding

If you were in the coffeehouse this past weekend, you might have read about all of the writing competitions that were (and are still) happening. There was round 2 of the yeah write super challenge, of course, and a few of us are participating in a fiction challenge as well. Each time the timer starts ticking on a contest I somehow always find myself freaking out while obsessively scrubbing my shower curtain.

Even though I know they’re coming, those silly I can’ts take over my brain: I can’t write a story in 48 hours. I can’t write a story to this prompt. I can’t write in a genre I’ve never written in before.

And then an idea pops into my head and then scenes, and characters, and dialogue. By the time my gears stop grinding, I find I have too much material for the word limit. I’ve never missed a deadline; an idea has always come. I find it so satisfying to prove to myself that I’m a much more versatile writer than I think.

If you decide to take the plunge into our fiction|poetry challenge, be sure to read the submission guidelines before you press Post. Have a favorite yeah writer or two? 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. Stop by the coffeehouse and make some new friends!

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.

Jan’s story, Pressed, taught one small way to get back at a disrespectful coworker. The prompt up taken for her post is: From the beginning, we clashed.

Wait! Where’s the poetry slam?

For the next two months, we’re taking some time off from our nonfiction know-how and poetry slams to focus on the super challenge. However, you can always check out our archives if you’re needing a little more inspiration this week. Happy writing!

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 #276 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.

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