Creating a space

When I first decided I’d get serious about writing, I didn’t have a specific place to do it. We had a home office, but it was a cluttered mess with barely a place to sit down. I did most of my writing on my couch or my dining room table, right in the middle of the action of my household. I thought that if I had a dedicated space with some peace I might get more done. Eventually I created the space, but it turns out it didn’t change my ability to write all that much. I found it was much more about making the mental space for me to write. Physical location was less important.

Check out this essay by Susan Straight in the LA Times, especially if you’ve been procrastinating writing because of less than favorable conditions. The truth is, I think, that if we want to write and I mean truly want to do it, we’ll find a place. What do you think?

200? 200!

I love round numbers so yeah write #200 makes me so happy! And in case you don’t realize just how big of a deal this is, let me tell you. This is our 200th consecutive week without a break, without a hiatus, without missing a beat. There are fancy badges to celebrate, so enjoy them!

First time here?

Yesterday’s kickoff post tells you everything you need to know about all of yeah write. We tell you about the schedule, upcoming events and get you ready for the week ahead.

Have questions you can’t find the answer to by poking around the site? Email us or find us on Facebook or Twitter and we’ll happily help you out.

Just the basics

Don’t skip over that link to yesterday’s kickoff post. There is valuable information in there!

Today the grid opens for our nonfiction writing challenge. There is a limit of 500 words plus 100 words grace. The nonfiction challenge closes Wednesday at 9:59 p.m. US Eastern. Voting opens one hour later for both our readers and our editorial staff. On Friday, we will publish editorial picks and announce the popular vote winner.

The ultimate question: who do you love?

Each Wednesday our microstories challenge opens tasking you to answer the week’s ultimate question in exactly 42 words. This same question pulls double duty as an optional prompt for this nonfiction challenge and our fiction|poetry challenge which opens on Tuesday. If you’re stuck on what to write about, maybe roll that question around in your brain a bit and see if it can knock something loose.

The yeah write #200 weekly writing challenge is open for nonfiction: personal essays, creative opinion, mostly true stories based on actual events. You can check out the submission guidelines and join us with your essay using the link below.