Imagine you had unlimited time to lounge around the pool. You’ve got one of those floating chairs with a cupholder, a floppy hat, and a view that rarely changes. What kind of stories would you write?
Recently I’ve noticed that my microstories are all starting to sound the same: similar vocabulary, similar imagery, similar flow. This says to me that I’ve gotten too comfortable here in my little corner of the pool and it’s time, maybe, to push my inner tube out a little further into deeper water. Try some new themes, new voices. Check out a different perspective.
So, are you just floating along, waiting to bump into your next idea, or are you thinking of dipping a toe into the deep end? I don’t know about you, but I could use the moral support, and this is a great place to get it. Grab my hand and let’s jump in together!
Answer the ultimate question in exactly 42 words: how deep is the pool?
This week’s question requires only two things for a good answer: a pool (real or metaphorical) and an indication of depth (literal or abstract). Is your grandma’s above-ground pool too shallow for a proper cannonball? Or maybe you find that still waters don’t always run deep. Dive on in and tell us your story.
A few other reminders:
PROOFREAD. Nothing is easier, and nothing will get you bumped from the voting grid faster than typos, spelling or punctuation mistakes, or grammatical errors. You’ve only got 42 words; mistakes stick out.
Keep in mind that your post has to make sense if your reader doesn’t know the question. Don’t use the question as your title or anywhere else in your piece. And remember, any words surrounding your gargleblaster — explanations, references, footnotes, shout-outs, etc. — will be counted against your 42-word limit.
The top 42 entries will be open for voting on Thursday
You may enter only one gargleblaster microstory. This summer, all our grids are unmoderated, which means up to 42 submissions meeting the basic guidelines will be open to Thursday’s popular vote. Everybody: read, comment, vote!
Winners will be announced on Friday
Look for Friday’s combined winners’ post to see the crowd favorites and editors’ picks from across all of our challenge grids.
What else is happening around here?
We’ve got the nonfiction grid opening on Mondays, the speakeasy for fiction and poetry on Tuesdays, the gargleblaster micro challenge on Wednesdays, and the come-one, come-all moonshine grid for the weekends. We’ve also got a great hangout space over at the coffeehouse. Make sure you subscribe to our weekly e-mail blast so you don’t miss out.
yeah write #218 micro weekly writing challenge is open for submissions
Basic microstory guidelines: 42 word count limit; must be an answer to the week’s ultimate question found in the introductory post; your entry can be dated no earlier than this past Sunday; nonfiction, fiction, haiku, whatever, told in exactly 42 words.
How to submit and fully participate in the challenge:
- In the sidebar of this week’s post, please grab the code beneath the micro badge and paste it into the HTML view of your entry
- Follow the Inlinkz instructions after clicking “add your link” to upload your entry to this week’s challenge grid
- Your entry should appear immediately on the grid if you don’t receive an error message
- Please make the rounds to read all the entries in this week’s challenge
- Consider turning off moderated comments and CAPTCHA on your own blog
This summer, all our grids are unmoderated which means submissions meeting the basic guidelines will be published Thursday on yeah write. Those entries will be open to a popular vote with the winner celebrated on Friday.
Thank you for sharing with us your hard work! Good luck in the challenge…