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yeah write #295 weekly writing challenge is open for personal essays & mostly true stories

yeah write #295 weekly writing challenge is open for personal essays & mostly true stories

A Sense of Place

Sometimes we’re so concerned about the forward motion of our stories—the plot, the dialogue, the characters’ growth—that we forget about the fourth element of great storytelling: Setting. Writing great setting is essential to ground your action in reality. It allows your reader to either relate because of shared memories or to deepen her interest because she’s experiencing something evocative for the first time.

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yeah write #295 weekly writing challenge kickoff

yeah write #295 weekly writing challenge kickoff

Why do today…

What you can put off until tomorrow? Procrastination… when I hear the word, I automatically start singing it to the tune of “Anticipation” by Carly Simon. If you’re not familiar, look it up. It’s not actually that great of a song, but it get stuck in my head all the time. I find that procrastination is something many of us do – I hear it a lot from fellow writers that they wait and wait until an article or post or what have you is due and then they have to cram it in last minute. Unfortunately, I find that when I do this, whatever I write tends to be subpar. My procrastination shows. Take this post for example: it’s just about 4 hours until the post goes live and I have about three minutes until I have to emerge from my office, put my kid to bed, and spend some quality time with my spouse. I think I should also note that I have another article due in 4 hours as well. That’s for a paying gig, so I hope it’s better than this one.

My point is this: You can phone it in or your can commit. Either way, your editor knows. The editors here know. If you want to write, then WRITE. Make it a priority and give it the attention it deserves. You owe it to yourself. I owe it to myself, too.

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yeah write #294 weekend writing showcase

yeah write #294 weekend writing showcase

The weekend writing showcase is open!

Happy Friday, everyone! Can you believe it’s December already? I, for one, am grateful this year is almost over. It’s been a long, tough one, and I’m excited to dust myself off in 2017 and conquer the world! Who’s with me? But for now, let’s do some writing, shall we? You know the drill. Grab your favorite beverage, and bring me your best writing this weekend. 

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Class is in Session

Class is in Session

What do you remember from learning to write in school? Did you have a particular teacher who made writing interesting? Did you read a story or article and think “oh, I wish I could write like that?” We get so used to the structured learning in school that sometimes when we’re out on our own in the Real World we’re not sure how to continue – or even begin – the learning process. That’s what this month’s nonfiction know-how is about: finding the master class that’s happening all around you.

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