What are you afraid of?

A while back, a friend posted a Facebook status about irrational fears. He named his irrational fears and asked what everyone else’s were. I have one irrational fear: pool sharks.

No, not the kind that fleece you of all your money while sinking the eight ball in the corner pocket. I mean literally sharks that somehow magically make their way into a chlorinated pool. I did say this was an irrational fear.

It’s not a perpetual fear, but when I’m alone in the pool, swimming around in the deep end where the water is a darker blue, and the sun never quite warms the depths, my stomach clenches and I glance furtively towards the filter. In my vivid imagination a shark has somehow snuck in through the pipes, wriggled its way through the pool filter, and is making its way into the cool, dark waters of the deep end.

Does this stop me from swimming in the deep end? Absolutely not. I may swim a little faster and kick a little harder, but I still swim. My point is, it’s okay to feel afraid. Triumph and success often come from feeling the fear and doing it anyway.

Are you feeling afraid of entering the nonfiction yeah write super challenge #3? Why not feel the fear and do it anyway. You still have just enough time to register if you hurry!

As for this week’s fiction|poetry grid, please remember to read the submission guidelines before you press post or hit send. 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, word repetitions, content errors, and ungainly phraseologies in our posts.

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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.

Lisa found herself overwhelmed during a regular errand in her essay, Clean Up On Aisle Three. This week’s prompt up taken from her essay is: “I begin pulling boxes of cereal off the shelf.”

Yeah write #301 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
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  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
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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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