The big picture

My birthday coincides with this season of giving (a good thing/bad thing as December babies know) and this week I received a fancy iPhone 6. I use my phone more for photos that anything else and this one has a panorama setting. Finally, I can show others what my part of the world looks like as I see it. The photo here is one of the woods I frequently hike. It made me think about writing and how hard but important it is to show all that we experience in a moment. The wide angle. The big picture.

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Festivus, I hope the gift you give yourself is time to write. Show us what you see. You have a distinct perspective—show us the wide angle.

This holiday week is unmoderated. Every post will be eligible for voting! The standard rules for nonfiction apply: stay within the 1,000-word count, no commercial posts, and use proper grammar and punctuation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Nonfiction theme of the month: flashback

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 did you get me?

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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How to submit and fully participate in the nonfiction 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.

How to submit and fully participate in the challenge:

  1. In the sidebar of this week’s post, please grab the code beneath the challenge grid 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

It’s a holiday week here in the U.S. so all the yeah write grids are unmoderated! All submissions meeting the basic guidelines will be moved to the voting grid. Please note that submissions for this week will close on Wednesday at 11pm EST. Voting will open immediately thereafter and continue through Thursday. The winners, as always, will be celebrated on Friday.

Thank you for sharing with us your hard work! Good luck in the challenge…[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]