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What would you say if I told you there are only two things you can do to become a better writer, and you’re already doing both of them?
Yeah, I love you too. Okay. No, really, it’s getting hard to breathe.
The two things you have to do are read and write. It’s that simple. Now, you’re already working hard on your writing, but are you doing as much for your reading? Let’s see. As long as you have to read all the posts on each grid before voting on that grid, let’s try an experiment. As you read, ask yourself if you like or dislike each post and what it is about the writing – not the subject, a good writer can get you interested in almost any subject – that holds your interest or catches your attention. Is it lush adjectives? Unsentimental handling of a sensitive subject so that you get to make up your own mind? Humor? Gentle guidance to a conclusion through example, rather than just being told what to think? Once you’ve identified what you enjoy about the writing, try it in your own work!
If you’re new in these parts, here’s how our schedule works: our three challenges open on separate days – Monday for nonfiction, Tuesday for fiction and poetry, and Wednesday for microfiction – but instead of separate days for voting, we’ve combined them all into one big voting post every Thursday.
All three challenges are open below for your voting pleasure. If you want to vote on a grid, please take the time to read all the entries on the grid before voting for the best three. To do that, you might have to take a step back and read the rules for each grid: for example, does that microstory really answer the ultimate question, or did it just make you laugh?
You get three votes on each separate grid. If you’d like to reveal the current vote tallies, just refresh the page after you’ve finished voting. Just a reminder: if you want to see the vote tallies, please use the device you voted from originally. Don’t double-vote just to see how your post is doing; it’s not fair to anyone and we’ll remove your votes.
I got a love letter. Now what?
Trust me, it’s not any more fun to write love letters than it is to get them. I know that on the other end of that letter is someone who’s hearing “my post wasn’t good enough this week.” I’m not going to say this hurts us more than it hurts you, but we do know what rejection feels like. That’s why we never tell you that you didn’t make the grid without explaining what you need to improve. We also have a fantastic writing help section where we’ve collected the best of our summer series and the posts we think give the best advice on improving your writing on all three grids.
Did you break a rule? Miss too many typos? Just skip that last proofread? Remember, there are no points for being first in line. All the entries you see on the grids down there are in random order. Take the time to reread the submissions guidelines and to give your post that last bit of polish that makes the difference between “okay” and “great.” Read the rules one more time before you submit to make sure you are following all of them. Bring your best, most careful work to the grid, and it will pay off.
If you are reading your love letter and you think the advice conflicts with other advice you’ve received on your writing, remember that we’re not the absolute overlords of writing but we do know what’s going to improve your chances in the voting and competition here at yeah write, from structure to grammar to visual elements in your post. Take a minute to listen carefully, even though it hurts, and see how you might be able to use that advice.
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Writers: thank you for entering this week’s challenge! If you see your avatar or thumbnail below, you’ve made it into the voting round. If you haven’t already, please make the rounds by reading the other entries and leaving behind a footprint for the writers. If you don’t see your thumbnail, please check your email for a love letter from our submissions editor. You didn’t make it into the voting round, yet your letter will contain valuable, detailed feedback you can use for your next submission. Thank you for sharing with us your hard work; please stick around as a reader and voter.
Readers and voters: thank you for reading all the entries in this week’s challenge! As you read, please make note of each submission’s technical and artistic value, such as story structure and compelling narrative. Click on the thumbnail to read, then click on the heart icon to vote. Can’t decide between two entries for your third vote? Technical merit wins over emotional subtext. But you can certainly leave your fourth place finisher a very nice comment.
One final voting guideline: Targeted voting or voting for your own entry is not allowed. So if you’re a reader and voter who also happens to be in the challenge as a writer, please refrain from campaigning or voting for your own submission. We monitor the vote to make sure our writing challenge isn’t inadvertently turned into a clicking contest, and we will remove any targeted or self votes.
Yeah write editorial staff: thanks for another great week at yeah write! Please post your blurb for your favorite post to either one of our private message boards by 6 p.m. eastern. The winners’ post will be published on Friday by noon.
Good luck in the challenge, everybody! Voting closes on Thursday at 10 p.m. US eastern daylight time. [-4 GMT]