It’s your story
Welcome to the weekly nonfiction challenge at yeah write. If you’re new, please take off your coat, relax, walk around a bit — there’s a lot to explore. We’re pretty informal. We love to meet new writers. You’ll notice we say this is the place for “personal essays and mostly true stories.” It’s the “mostly true” part I want to chat about today. Pull up a chair.
Much of creative nonfiction writing is memoir—the big and small moments of life captured in prose. You may find, like I did, that you question the truth of what you are writing in a memoir piece. Did it really happen like you remember? Did your friend/partner really say that beautiful/terrible/ambivalent thing?
I’m here to tell you it doesn’t matter. It’s your story. The words you heard, the scenes you remember, the photographs you see in your head: they are all yours. Put them on the page. Your brother may recall your parents arguing in the bedroom, while you remember following them from room to room. You both agree on the premise (the argument) but differ on the details. Don’t let it stop you from writing. Write your truth.
Our memories become embellished, shape-shift, fade over time. This is especially important to remember if you’re diving into our nonfiction theme of the month: flashbacks. Read on below, explore this technique, stretch your imagination, and join us for this week’s challenge! We’re glad you’re here.
Nonfiction theme of the month: flashback
What are we talking about? Rowan gives us the skinny on how to write flashbacks. Use it in your essay for this week’s challenge or don’t! This theme is totally optional. Either way though, be sure to read Rowan’s tips. She knows what she’s talking about.
This week’s ultimate question:
What are you singing?
This optional prompt, which also serves as the ultimate question for the microstory 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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Submit to the yeah write #243 nonfiction challenge
The yeah write #243 weekly writing challenge is now 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.