When words fail

Some days you just can’t. You can’t think, write, feel more than you’ve already felt. Today–Sunday, June 12, as I write this–is one of those days.

Instead, I’m trying to think of something that gives me strength and hope. I’m not great at memorizing poems or bits of prose. But there is one short story excerpt that I’ve never forgotten and it has managed to save me on days when I just can’t. It was written by Tillie Olsen in “O, Yes,” and it goes like this:

It is a long baptism into the seas of humankind, my daughter. Better immersion than to live untouched.

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Nonfiction know-how:


When editing a story or essay, think about it on two levels: structural and technical. The structural side is “what is this story I am telling and how am I doing it.” Technical editing is more about commas, spelling, grammar, and word choice. Of course there’s some overlap between the two.

Whether you’re writing a new piece or touching up an old one, though, here’s what you should be looking at, at a bare minimum. Let Rowan tell you more. Fictioneers, this applies to 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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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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