Someone is in the details

The next time you’re in the check-out line at the grocery store, look at the stuff the person in front of you is buying. Fiber cookies, three bottles of cheap vodka, organic lettuce, pork rinds or Pringles—each item says something about the shopper.

Detail is one way to show and not tell. Instead of telling readers that my mother led an unhealthy life (Happy Belated Mother’s Day!), I can write about her two-pack-a-day habit, the number of trips she made to the liquor store each week, the six-pack of Ensure in her fridge. You get the picture. In your essay this week, think of ways to show through exquisite detail—whether it’s a shopping list, prized possessions, or hair styles over time. Show us what you know.

Nonfiction know-how:

writing emotion without crutches

Writing about the most difficult – and exhilarating – times can be cathartic. Sometimes it’s easy to get bogged down in the emotion of it all and we “tell, don’t show” or rely on crutches to convey our feelings. It’s those times when we don’t do that when our work stands out. This month, Rowan offers up some advice on avoiding those crutches and really showing the reader how you feel. Fictioneers, there’s some good stuff in here for you, too, so don’t miss this one!

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Is this your first time here? Check out Sunday’s post which kicked off the week here at yeah write. Our email subscribers can also join us in the yeah write coffeehouse at its home on Facebook. If you’ve never taken the time to read them, please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our submission guidelines. The rules are a little different for each of our challenges and we’d hate to have to send back great writing on a technicality.

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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.

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Submissions for this week’s challenges will close on Wednesday at 10pm ET. Voting will then open immediately thereafter and close on Thursday at 10pm ET. The winners, as always, will be celebrated on Friday.

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

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