Mind mapping the week
If I were to brainstorm this week’s personal essay or mostly true story, on my white board in the middle, I would write “toothache.”
Then around toothache would be the words soft foods and lack of dental insurance and fear of dying by Tuesday of a blood infection.
Knowing me, the mind mapping would get me started, and by the time the initial draft was on the page and more than half the edits were complete, the essay would actually be about how I regret letting my kids name our dog Samantha because the name Samantha is still very much being used by people, including by our vet tech, and it sometimes gets awkward in public spaces.
Wherever your mind leads you this week for our friendly little writing competition, we are glad you are here. Feel free to mind map your thoughts in comments, and we’ll see you on the grid.
How do we fix this?
This optional prompt, which also serves as the ultimate question for the microstore challenge opening Wednesday, is here to serve as your inspiration for your nonfiction submission. Already have your own story thought up? No problem! The prompt is only there if you need it.
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How to submit and fully participate in the challenge
Basic yeah write guidelines: 1000 word limit; your entry can be dated no earlier than this past Sunday; nonfiction personal essay, creative opinion piece or mostly true story based on actual events.
1. In the sidebar of this week’s post, please grab the code beneath the nonfiction badge and paste it into the HTML view of your entry
2. Follow the Inlinkz instructions after clicking “add your link” to upload your entry to this week’s challenge grid
3. Your entry should appear immediately on the grid if you don’t receive an error message
4. Please make the rounds to read all the entries in this week’s challenge
5. Consider turning off moderated comments and CAPTCHA on your own blog
This summer, all our grids are unmoderated which means all 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…