Revisions, revisions, revisions

I know I mentioned before that I’m renovating my kitchen. We’re about 75% through, and while I’m in love with the look, it’s made it glaringly obvious that the rest of my first floor needs to be torn apart and done over. Similarly, at a recent YeahWrite meeting, some fantastic ideas for new offerings came up and, as exciting as they are, we’ll have to do a whole slew of other tasks before we can get the new stuff up and running. And remember my WIP that I’ve been editing? Well, all those changes lead to more changes. Revisions – the way of a writer’s life, I guess. What are you revising this week?

Welcome to Week 341

We’re kicking off the week in style at YeahWrite with both our competitive challenge grids in one post, plus prompts, tips, tricks and more. You asked, we answered! Keep scrolling down cause it’s all right here.

Submissions for this week’s challenges open on Monday at 12 midnight and close on Wednesday at 10pm ET. Voting will then open immediately thereafter and close on Thursday at 10pm ET. The winners, as always, will be celebrated on Friday.

Having trouble getting started? Hop on over to our quick guide. And don’t forget to doublecheck the full submission guidelines before you hit that button.

Looking For Microprose?

Our tiniest challenge with the biggest bang is open the first Wednesday of every month from midnight to 10 p.m.

Nonfiction Challenge

Boo!

Speaking of revisions, do you like our Halloween costumes? Rowan decided we should dress up this year and the next thing we knew, voilà! Revised headshots. We’re going to have fun with our new looks over the next couple of weeks. You know what else would be fun? Seeing all of you on the nonfiction grid. Stuck? Tell us about a time you were spooked. What are you waiting for?

Nonfiction Know-How: Foreshadowing

“No spoilers” is the perennial cry of the TV viewer. But spoilers can be your best friend in writing. Learn how to effectively fore (and five) shadow in this month’s Nonfiction Know-How. Get your Nonfiction Know-How right here.

 

Nonfiction challenge grid:

Basic YeahWrite guidelines: 750 word limit; your entry can be dated no earlier than this past Sunday; nonfiction personal or persuasive essay, creative opinion piece or mostly true story based on actual events.

Check the submission guidelines for our full set of rules. If you’re not sure how to link up, hop over to our quick tutorial for getting started at YeahWrite! Otherwise, click that blue button when the challenge is open, and good luck! Come back to vote starting Wednesday at 10pm, and check out our winners on Friday!

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Fiction|Poetry Challenge

It’s about support

While I’m out of the coffeehouse, please feel free to keep the conversation going. Share that cool new contest you found. Brag about a recent publication. Ask a question. Request help. The coffeehouse is there for you to connect with other writers!

October Poetry Slam Techtober: Point of View

If you’ve ever wondered what the difference between first, second, and third person is – and why you should care – October’s technique post is for you. Learn about points of view, narrative style, and when to use which from Rowan this month!

Prompt Up!

Prompt Up is our optional weekly writing prompt for the fiction|poetry challenge! Here’s how it works: we choose a sentence prompt from last week’s winning nonfiction post. It’s your job to use that prompt in your poem or story and then run with it. The prompt is just a springboard, though: feel free to use it as your first sentence, move it, change it, or float it down to other territories.

Rowan taught us how to tell a ‘funny’ story about a ‘nice’ guy in You Seem Tense. This week’s Prompt Up, taken from her essay, is: “And now he thinks you like it.”

Fiction|poetry challenge grid:

Basic YeahWrite guidelines: 750 word limit; your entry can be dated no earlier than this past Sunday; fiction or poetry only.

Check the submission guidelines for our full set of rules. If you’re not sure how to link up, hop over to our quick tutorial for getting started at YeahWrite! Otherwise, click that blue button when the challenge is open, and good luck! Come back to vote starting Wednesday at 10pm, and check out our winners on Friday!

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YeahWrite Super Challenge

Our sixth Super Challenge is officially underway! Best of luck to all our participants as they anxiously await their Round 1 results. Did you miss out on registration? Sign up for our email blast so you don’t miss out on any announcements for the next Super Challenge.

Winners’ Round-Up

In case you missed them, you can find last week’s YeahWrite staff picks and crowd favorites all laid out for you on last Friday’s winners’ post. Leave the winners some love in the comments. They will love you right back, we guarantee it.

Last call: This week’s Weekend Writing Showcase is still open for business until the challenge grids start at midnight! No moderation, no voting. It’s a laid-back relaxed kind of place. Just leave your commercial or sponsored posts at home. Drop by, share your work, and while you’re there, visit your fellow yeah writers.

About the author:

Michelle submitted her first entry to YeahWrite in March 2012 and they haven’t been able to get rid of her since. After nearly 20 years in the insurance/employee benefits industry, she decided to give it all up to pursue writing full time. Her work has been featured on The Huffington Post and xoJane, as well as several local sites near her northern NJ home. She blogs at Michelle Longo.

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