I hate losing an hour to Daylight Saving Time but if that’s the exchange that is needed to move from winter to spring, I’ll take it. Of course, I’m writing this from the flat center of Ohio where winter is slushy and dull; the emergence of green here is like the scene from the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy leaves black-and-white Kansas for four-color Munchkinland.
I spent yesterday cleaning up the garden, removing moldering leaves, lifting the curtains on the first shoots of plants coming up in the mud. I would like to do this with my writing—not looking back at lost time or failed stories, but looking forward, finding magic in the earth. Here’s to rebirth.
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:
Where did the time go?
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 #257 nonfiction challenge
The yeah write #257 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.