Love ’em and leave ’em

I’m in love with my own words. I admit it. There are times I look at a page and I cannot quite fathom cutting a single syllable. But my job as a writer is to figure out what’s at the heart of my words and to whittle away everything around that. I keep my darlings in a separate file. To use later, I tell myself. To repurpose. But really, I just love them too much to leave them behind.

Get yourself free

This month, let’s take some advice on the subject from a truly gifted songwriter. Paul Simon says there are fifty ways to leave your lover. We all know that there are many more than that, and we’re asking you to tell us about one of them. That’s right:

Give us exactly one way to leave your lover–in exactly fifty words.

While you’re writing, I’ll leave you in Paul’s capable hands. Never written microprose before? Need a refresher? Check out our primer on microprose.

This is the badge you need:

Below is the YeahWrite badge you need for this month’s microprose challenge. Below the badge is a few lines of code. See that? Copy it and then paste it into the “text” or HTML view of your post editor. If you don’t copy it exactly, the image will not appear correctly in your post, and you will receive an error message when you submit the post to Inlinkz. If you have any questions regarding adding this code to your post or website, please contact us at

How to submit and fully participate in the Microprose Challenge

Basic YeahWrite guidelines: must be a response to the prompt found in the introductory post; your entry can be dated no earlier than this past Wednesday; fiction or nonfiction, told in exactly 50 words; no poems, please. You may enter only one microstory per weekly challenge.

How to submit and fully participate in the challenge:

  1. In the sidebar of this week’s post, please grab the code beneath the microprose 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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