Well, that concludes Week One.
It was a rough week even for Trump’s most avid supporters (schadenfreude behind the link). Lots of folks dipped their toes into activism for the first time a week ago. If you’re one of them, are you remembering to take care of yourself?
On a more cheerful Week One note, week one of our nonfiction super challenge starts tonight! Writers, keep an eye on your email and the super challenge page for your group assignments, good luck, and happy writing!
In a minute we’ll see who floated to the top of the popular vote this week. But it’s not all about the popular vote every week at yeah write, folks. We also have our editorial staff picks to hand out. See, while there’s a popular vote winner every week, we don’t always give out a staff pick. Picks are based on writing quality, how successful the author is in conveying information, and just plain style. Some weeks, the editors will comb through the grids and nothing really stands out for us. Maybe the best stories had a bunch of typos or the grammatically perfect ones didn’t have much there there. You’ve really got to nail the details of both elements – structure and storytelling – to earn a staff pick. The great part is that we don’t have a finite number of picks to hand out. That means that if two, three, five, or even all the works on one grid are fantastic, we can give them all kudos.
On weeks when the grids are unmoderated, you can check out the Roundup, where I try to identify trends and troubles that show up for more than one writer on the grid. If you’re curious why there’s no pick, there’s usually a clue in the Roundup why that post you liked didn’t make the cut. Then keep scrolling down to check out who won the popular vote on both grids. If you earned the highest number of votes in either 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? Our challenges share 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]
Rowan’s roundup: yeah write weekly writing challenge #302
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[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]I promised Cindy I’d tag in on her Monday posts this month, but, like me, y’all seemed to need to focus on the smaller personal stories this week (it’s a comfort zone thing, for sure). So instead I’m going to talk about the overwhelming urge to rewrite your entire essay or story in the last paragraph. When you catch yourself doing this, ask yourself: if I could write this whole thing in a paragraph, why did I bother with the entire essay that preceded it?
If you’re retelling a thousand-word essay in a hundred-word paragraph, either the paragraph or the essay is the wrong size for the job. Pick the one that’s working and delete the other one. Your readers will thank you.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”29344″ alignment=”center”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text]
[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]When you’re telling a story, nothing breaks the tension you’re trying to build like pronoun confusion. It’s like walking into the middle of a conversation: “so she said to her, her friend’s name, you know her, anyway she said….” How many people are in that conversation? How many are being talked about? Sometimes in trying to write artful silky prose we forget that the reader can’t see the scene in our head and needs to periodically be reanchored in the story. Think about it like a play in a darkened room. How often do you need to flick the lightswitch to see what’s going on, vs how much can be told from voices? If your characters’ voices, genders, or actions are similar, flick the proper noun switch more often.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”29345″ alignment=”center”][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator][vc_column_text]That’s it for this week, so let’s move on to the popular vote results. 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, and don’t forget, our weekend grid opens tonight at 6pm Eastern US Time![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
Congratulations to the crowd favorites at yeah write #302
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.
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