Go with the flow
Writer’s block is my bête noire. My first experience with it happened last summer after attending a transformative writing workshop. Ironic, I know. But I found myself staring at a blank page, pen in hand, waiting, waiting, waiting for some inspiration to get the ink flowing. Or worse, not even bothering to face that blank page.
Blasting through the block is not impossible; it just requires some strategic effort. One strategy is free writing, a kind of nonstop, hand-cramping exercise to release whatever monsters are in your head. The practice may not reveal magic the first time you try it, but there’s a good chance you’ll find a nugget of writerly goodness—a phrase that inspires you, an idea you had forgotten—the more you try it.
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:
What’s at the top?
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 #258 nonfiction challenge
The yeah write #258 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.