Sometimes it feels like we’re shouting into a void. The internet is huge. HUGE, people. How do you know there’s anyone out there listening to your words?
We’re here; we’re listening. I promise you. But you need more than promises. Here’s my challenge to everyone:
Take a minute on each story you read – just one minute – and leave a comment. Let your fellow yeah writers know you’re out there, that you’re listening and reading and that their words mean something to you.
Want to go the extra mile? Stop by the coffeehouse and say hello. Post a link to your favorite post of the week and tell us why. Recommend a blog you’ve found or a blogger you think would make a great addition to the yeah write community. Everyone wants to be heard. Let’s put on our listening ears and hear them.
Answer the ultimate question in exactly 42 words: is there anybody out there?
This week’s question requires three elements for a good answer:
- Where is “there”?
- Is there anyone there?
- If so, who?
Please note that we are looking for more than just a yes or no in this week’s answer. Take a few minutes to consider the three elements above and make sure you include them all in your 42 words. It’s a little tricky, but I have faith in you, yeah writers!
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!
We return to moderation on September 20.
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.
We’re also headed to Long Beach Comic Con September 12-13: check out the details here.
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…