Who dropped the ball? Looks like me, quite frankly. It’s been over two months since I posted to my blog. I haven’t been slacking – quite the contrary. I’ve been writing like a madwoman. My focus just shifted, and now I find myself missing the grids.
We talk a lot about prioritizing writing: how to make space for it in our lives, how to carve out moments of peace so we can get our words down. But what about prioritizing within that space? I have a finite amount of time. Do I write a micro? A poem? Do I start to block out that essay that’s been kicking around the back of my head for weeks? Or do I bang out another couple thousand words on the novel? Each of these things scratches a different itch. How do we decide between them? I don’t have a good answer for the question. I’m posing it to you, as something to consider.
This week, I’m going to try for balance. Maybe take an hour or three to work on a tritina or even that ghazal I started over a month ago. Who knows, maybe I’ll even make the micro grid. Hopefully, I’ll see lots of you there.
Don’t forget: this week’s challenge is unmoderated! As long as you meet the basic guidelines, you’ll be eligible for voting.
Answer the ultimate question in exactly 42 words: who dropped the ball?
You can approach this week’s question two ways: a literal dropping of a literal ball (or ball-like object), or as the idiom for making a mistake or allowing something to fail. In either case, make sure we know who is responsible.
Don’t get disqualified on a technicality
READ THE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES. Take us seriously so we can take you seriously.
COUNT YOUR WORDS. Use your eyes, not your word processor. Your post may not be eligible for voting if you go over or under 42 words. And remember, any words surrounding your microstory — explanations, references, footnotes, shout-outs, etc. — will be counted against your 42-word limit. (The only exception is photo credits.)
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.
ANSWER THE QUESTION. We try to give you some basic guidelines with every question; pay attention to what we’re looking for. 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.
The top 42 entries will be open for voting on Thursday
You may enter only one microstory. This week, 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 challenge opening on Mondays, the fiction and poetry challenge on Tuesdays, the microstory 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 week, 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…