My dad helped me move into my first college dorm. He then took me to lunch at the uptown Frische’s. After lunch, we got into the car so he could drive me back to the dorm. We would say our goodbyes and he would drive the hour or so back home. Instead, he stopped in the middle of the biggest intersection and said, “Get out there with the other guppies. Swim.”

On the one hand, he broke my heart, saying goodbye this way. On the other, it was the most memorable goodbye and one that forced me to dive into this new world.

Writing is like swimming. You can’t be content to sit in water if it is over your head. You have to keep moving. You have to paddle to stay afloat. As a writer, you must keep the words moving. Even if they sound like crap. Even if you’re scared. You keep writing because that’s what you do to be a writer. Taking a break now and then is understandable. But if you’ve stopped because you don’t think you can write, you misunderstand the process. You dive in, swim with the other awkward guppies; you swim and keep swimming. This is your element.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Nonfiction theme of the month: introspection

Sometimes the biggest changes in our lives are sparked by the smallest things. It’s natural to want to share your moment of epiphany, but how do you fit a thousand words into two seconds without becoming pedantic and repetitive? Read Rowan’s post to learn more.

This week’s ultimate question:

Where are your socks??

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 #252 nonfiction challenge

The yeah write #252 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.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]