Accountability Check

Hey y’all! Remember two weeks ago I said I was trying something new with my writing? My big plan was to spend ten minutes every day physically writing with a pen and a piece of paper. I was hopeful that this would kick start some creativity, or at least give my sagging motivation a much needed boost.

Trying to establish a new routine is always tricky, especially when you throw families, jobs, and regular commitments into the mix. I’ve learned to be forgiving of myself over the years. The unattained goals that would have sent me into a tailspin in my twenties, are now met with a shrug, a recognition that life intervenes in the best laid plans, and a promise to myself to try harder.

Despite my inconsistency, squeezing in writing where I can, and not sticking to a rigid time every day, I have noticed some changes. I’ve certainly been more pumped about editing and rewriting, and I’ve even opened up my novel more than once. I may not be as far along as I’d like to be in an ideal world, but I don’t live in an ideal world. Instead, I’m celebrating the wins, and repeating the patterns that are producing results. What are you working on at the moment? Let us know in the comments.

August Poetry Slam: Prompts

We’re wrapping up our summer break with a break from poetry and looking forward to our next Super Challenge as Rowan breaks down what a prompt is and how to use it from the other side of the judging table. Looking for ideas? She’ll even throw in some prompts at the end to stretch your brain. We’ve got your Slam right 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.

Nate is on vacation this month, so Michelle is picking the prompt up! This week’s prompt comes to us from Sara’s post, “Any Males?” Her sentences are pretty long (not a bad thing!), so I’m just using part. Here you go: I am amazed at her mountainous courage.

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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