Stage fright

First a reminder: Registration for the yeah write super challenge is open, this time with 100% more fiction! Early registration closes soon. Don’t wait!

Now for some nonfiction: I sang solo for the first time ever last weekend.*

It was at a karaoke bar, one of the fancier ones with private rooms, laser lights, and several plasma screen tvs that showed people skiing (not professionals, just families squatting down bunny hills) while someone wailed on “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.” The room was full of friends. Even so I felt very vulnerable. I squeaked out the first few lines, avoiding people’s eyes, and then the room started singing with me. Ben picked up Allison’s little purse and played it like a tambourine; Vicky inserted some Mariah-style trills, and I found myself surprised to be having a lot of fun being the center of attention.

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*My song of choice was Gavin DeGraw’s “Not Over You” in case you were wondering. I had to drop it down an octave.

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.

Lisa confessed she sometimes wants to burn it all down in her essay Just Me? This week’s prompt up taken from her work is: I’m (clearly) doing something wrong.

Nonfiction know-how and poetry slam are back!

This month, Rowan offers up some advice on how to know when enough is enough in your writing, and let’s stretch our rhyming and scansion muscles with a short form of poetry called the triolet.

Yeah write #284 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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