Some things can’t be fixed, no matter how hard we try. Death. Poverty. That old clock of my dad’s that I keep tinkering with. And yet, we keep on trying. Something in human nature, I guess.
This week, though, we’re looking for stories about things that can be fixed. Duct tape is good for some things, not for others. Plaster and sheet metal, candid words and half-melted ice cream: these are good tools for fixing all manner of things, from foundering relationships and broken hearts to crashed cars and cracked bones. Let’s see what kind of repair work you can manage today.
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Answer the ultimate question in exactly 42 words: how can we fix this?
This week’s question requires only two things for a good answer: a problem, tangible or intangible, and a solution. Maybe it’s your bicycle or that vase you knocked over while playing baseball in the living room. Maybe it’s racism or global poverty. Big or small, whether it’s a broken object, a fractured relationship, or a pressing social issue, the only wrong answer to this question is “we can’t.” And if you use your 42 words to re-ask the question I will break your fingers. No, not really. Well, maybe. Do you really want to risk it?
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.
Need a second set of eyes? Find yourself a writing partner over in the yeah write coffeehouse.
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 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…