[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Got big plans for the weekend? Yeah, me too.
I’m going to do some yardwork and start writing the posts for next month’s technique and poetry slam. There, now you’re all my accountability buddies. Hard to believe I’ve been doing that for over a year, but as yeah write approaches its fifth birthday (260 consecutive weeks! yeaaaahhhh (write)!) I guess we’ve all been doing this for a while. Got a favorite poetry form or a writing technique you’re curious about? Let me know; if it’s not in the queue maybe we can all explore that together!
In the meantime, let’s talk about the writing we’ve finished rather than the writing we’re about to do. After all, you wrote, you stayed, and you voted, and now you want to know the results, right? Me too. So, just like every Friday, I’m going to give you the results on all three of our grids – nonfiction, fiction|poetry, and microfiction – right here!
But it’s not all about the popular vote, folks. We also have our editorial staff picks to hand out. Every week our editors comb through your submissions looking for their favorites. Picks are based on writing quality, how successful the author is in conveying information, and just plain style. If you got a staff pick this week, grab your badge from the sidebar and wear it with pride!
Once you’re done reading through the staff picks (and congratulating the winners in the comments), keep scrolling down to check out who won the popular vote on all three grids. If you earned the highest number of votes in any challenge, you are this week’s crowd favorite! If you came in first, second or third, you get “top three” honors. Grab your badge from our sidebar!
Looking for your badge? The fiction|poetry, nonfiction and microstories challenges all have the same winner, staff pick, and top three badges. It doesn’t clutter up our sidebar, and they’ll still look pretty on yours![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
Yeah write #252 weekly writing challenge staff picks: nonfiction
[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]One thing many writers struggle with when writing a personal essay is how to make it, well, less personal. Not in the sense that it comes less from the heart, but in the sense that it feels universal. Cris managed that this week by taking a common experience – finding that one song that gets you through a rough patch – and showing us how that works through the lens of her own experience. That’s not the only technique she used effectively in this post, though. Check out the foreshadowing: from the title on through, you know what’s going to happen; you’re waiting for the song, for the true love. And yet, where many writers would have foreshadowed the end, the twist, the big reveal, she uses foreshadowing to highlight points along the way instead. This pulls the reader back and forth along the timeline from “I was waiting for this” to “I’ve heard this” and keeps our interest in the story fresh. We’re all along for the ride on this one![/vc_column_text][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”21950″ style=”vc_box_circle” title=”meg”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
Yeah write #252 weekly writing challenge staff picks: microstories
[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]This charming little story wins my editor’s pick this week for its clarity and lighthearted simplicity. The author sets the scene with the first line, but the story is really told through the dialogue, which leads us unerringly to the answer without stating it outright. Even without the photo, there is no doubt as to the location of the socks. [Ed’s note: I see a lot of punctuation errors around dialogue, so it was great to see someone get it all correct on a technical level. The fact that it’s a good story too is the icing on the cake for me. /rbg][/vc_column_text][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”22657″ alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_circle” title=”christine”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][vc_column_text]
That’s it for our staff picks this week! Remember, we don’t always give out a pick on every grid; if we were impressed by several posts on one grid, we’ll give them all picks, and if nothing really stood out for us on another grid, we’ll hold off.
If you’re lost in the middle of the grid and wondering how you can get a little more feedback on your posts, check out our membership perks!
Everybody: before you go, please take some time to leave your favorites a little love in the comments.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]
Weekend moonshine grid opens today at 6 p.m. eastern time
Tired of the holiday hype? Already picking confetti hearts out of your socks and rug? Escape to the moonshine grid, where Natalie’s not serving up any pink drinks this weekend. Bar’s open till Sunday night, and it’s a commercial-free zone![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
Congratulations to the crowd favorites at yeah write #252
The thumbnails are now sorted in order of most votes to fewest. Ties in the overall number of votes are broken by number of editor votes.
Congratulations if you’re at or near the top! Writing well is hard work, and we’re honored you’ve chosen us this week to showcase your entry.
If you’re at or near the bottom, don’t be discouraged. You’re in the right community for learning and growing as a writer, and we are always available with resources for those who ask nicely.
To our readers and voters: thank you! See you next week.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]