Why we’re here
Spring is just a few weeks away, and the sleepy snowdrops in my garden are lifting their heads to the sky. Rowan hates spring. I can’t remember why, but that I know this at all speaks for our online friendship thanks to yeah write.
Two years ago, nervous and sheepish, I started posting at yeah write. I had never shared my fiction writing; it was a big leap of faith to do so in a contest among other writers, strangers all. It was spring and a rebirth of sorts for me. I found a safe place at yeah write: a supportive audience; competition to feed that part of my brain that thrives on challenges; and prompts that kicked forward my creativity.
I didn’t start out as an editor. I applied for an open position and took a chance. I’ve never met my fellow editors nor any of my fellow yeah writers in person. But today you all play a huge role in my life because you help me believe in myself. Every week, you make me become a better writer.
Each yeah write editor is a volunteer. We try to write something for the grids each week, like you, because that’s what brought us here in the first place. Sometimes we win and sometimes we don’t, just like you. We all worry that what we post fails in some way. We keep posting because that’s what yeah write is about: writing, consistently, persistently, to become better writers.
We care deeply about yeah write’s mission, about you, about what you write. Along the way, we have become good friends and that’s how I know Rowan hates spring—because yeah write isn’t just about competition. It’s community. It’s about improving our writing together, encouraging each other to raise the bar, celebrating that amazing essay in the company of friends.
Nonfiction theme of the month:
There are more ways to make your story boring than just having no content. The most interesting story in the world will make a reader’s eyes glaze over if you make every sentence and paragraph the same. Learn to avoid this common mistake with this month’s technique.
This week’s ultimate question:
Button, button, who’s got the button?
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 #255 nonfiction challenge
The yeah write #255 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.