Everyone’s an editor

It’s Memorial Day here in the U.S., which means most of us (unless you work in retail) have the day off to honor those who died while serving in our armed forces. It is also the unofficial kick-off to summer, the day that swimming pools open, and it is once again acceptable to wear white, if you follow such rules.

But here at yeah write, we’re still working. In fact, Rowan has written a great post about editing for June’s nonfiction know-how. I’m a firm believer that every writer must be their own editor. That doesn’t mean we catch every mistake; it does mean that we try. My seventh grade English teacher, the late Miss Black who threw a “purple hissy” (a story for another time) with each spelling error, taught me that editing shows respect for your readers and yourself. Not editing is, well, lazy and rude. More important, learning to edit your work will take your writing to a higher level. Read Rowan’s feature (link below) and show her some love by taking it to heart.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Nonfiction know-how:

play it again, sam: structural and technical editing

Because June 1 is a Wednesday, we’re giving you the option to finish up May (see below) or get started on June’s writing help: editing! Rowan has some wise words for us on the subject.

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!

Want more info?

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.

Did you happen to end up here because you suddenly saw yeah write in your stats? Sometimes members of our community spot excellent writing and they send those posts on over to us. We hope you don’t mind. Take a look around and get to know our community. We’re sure you’ll be happy here.

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How to submit and fully participate in the 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.

1. In the sidebar of this week’s post, please grab the code beneath the nonfiction badge and paste it into the HTML view of your entry
2. Follow the Inlinkz instructions after clicking “add your link” to upload your entry to this week’s challenge grid
3. Your entry should appear immediately on the grid if you don’t receive an error message
4. Please make the rounds to read all the entries in this week’s challenge
5. Consider turning off moderated comments and CAPTCHA on your own blog

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…[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

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