Time Keeps On Ticking, Into The Future

We’re almost at the middle of the school year here in Australia, and this seems like a good time to check in with everyone on their writing goals for the year. I started the year wanting to do another edit and expansion of my novel (work in progress), and wanting to enter at least one piece in a competition every two weeks. [deep sigh] I’ve barely looked at my novel, and I’ve entered maybe three competitions since the beginning of the year. Still, all hope is not lost! There’s another six months (and a bit) till the end of the year, and it’s never too late to go through work that’s sitting on your shelves, or submit your writing to competitions and for publication. And it’s also not too late to set goals for the remainder of the year.

With that in mind, here are my writing goals for the rest of the year;

  • Edit and expand my novel (one chapter every two weeks – they’re really short chapters),
  • Write and submit one short story or flash fiction piece to competitions or for publication every month,
  • Write a flash fiction piece (less than 500 words) every week for the 52-week Flash Fiction Challenge, and
  • Commit to a 10 minute free write every morning.

Let us know, in the comments, what your writing goals are for the next six months.

June Poetry Slam: Filk

On summer (or winter) vacation and looking for a new song to sing around the fire? How about a new song to an old tune? We’re combining poetry and music in this month’s slam as we teach you to write a filk song. Sure, it’s just a sneaky way to make you write a poem that rhymes and scans, but it’s also a fun way to apply everything you know about poetry and show off a little in the process! Learn more from Rowan here.

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 and announce it in the kickoff. 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.

Nancy took a moment to appreciate the people in her life in the essay “Good Company.” This week’s prompt taken from her piece is: “Eight weeks is a long time to be a guest.”

How to submit and fully participate in the challenge:

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

1. In the sidebar of this week’s post, please grab the code beneath the fiction|poetry badge and paste it into the HTML view of your entry;
2. Follow the Inlinkz instructions after clicking “add your link” to upload your entry to this week’s challenge grid;
3. Your entry should appear immediately on the grid if you don’t receive an error message;
4. Please make the rounds to read all the entries in this week’s challenge; and
5. Consider turning off moderated comments and CAPTCHA on your own blog.

Submissions for this week’s challenges will 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.

Thank you for sharing with us your hard work! Good luck in the challenge…

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About the author:

Asha keeps moving from one side of the world to the other. Her most recent move has taken her back to Perth, Western Australia where she grew up. She lives near the beach but hates sand between her toes. It’s a real conundrum. Asha began blogging at YeahWrite in October 2014 with this post, and YeahWrite was lucky to pull her on board as a Contributing Editor in December 2016. She is currently working on a novelette that grew from a series of flash fiction pieces. Asha is published in a variety of places including Modern Loss, PANK, Dead Housekeeping, and SheKnows. You can find her inconsistent blogging at Parenting In The Wilderness, or at her fiction blog, FlAsha Tales.

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