I’m about to get real. Real-deal real.

Life has a funny way of pulling us in multiple directions at once. Between work, family and various other extracurriculars, it’s hard, sometimes, to carve out time for everything. But writing is the sort of thing that requires your full attention when you’re doing it. Cutting corners isn’t going to cut it. You’re going to have to put in the hard work. I don’t pretend to have all the answers and this is going to look different for all of us at different times in our lives. What is universal is the necessity.

If what you want is to be considered a writer, you have to first consider yourself one and then act like one. Real writers write and they make it a priority. It isn’t easy. It takes sacrifice and practice. It takes effort.

What you put out there with your name on it should mean something and be representative of your commitment to the craft. Can we count on you to be all in? We hope so.

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Just the basics

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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: why do you go away?

Our microstories challenge requires participants to answer the ultimate question in exactly 42 words. The nonfiction challenge uses that same question as an optional prompt. If you’re stuck on what to write about, maybe try mulling over the question and see where it leads you.

The yeah write #205 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.