What’s Nonfiction?

Okay, so that header sounds kind of silly – obviously nonfiction is writing based on fact or real events, people, and things. It can serve many purposes, however, ranging from informative, persuasive, personal, and more. It can be memoir or it can be DIY instructions. Nonfiction can teach a lesson or it can tell of a lesson learned. Most importantly, it’s a vehicle you can use to convey your authentic voice and your truth. Or it can earn you money. That’s a good use for it, too.

But have you considered micro nonfiction? Our microprose challenge, the newest monthly challenge here at YeahWrite, opens this week and offers the opportunity to stretch your writing muscles. Can you write a nonfiction piece to a specified prompt in just a few dozen words? This challenge is not just for fictioneers – it’s for anyone. Give it a shot and let us know what you think!

Don’t skip the traditional nonfiction grid, open right here and now, though. Yeah, that’s right. I expect to see you on both.

(Cindy’s back next week, folks. I know you were wondering.)

Nonfiction Know-How:

Constructive Criticism Part II

Ever hear “it’s better to give than receive?” Well, in the case of criticism, it’s certainly easier to give than receive. For part two of what has now turned into a two part post, we’re going to dive into receiving criticism. Because you know what? It kind of sucks, but it’s good for us as individuals and as a community. Like vaccines. Learn even more from Rowan here.

How to submit and fully participate in the challenge:

Basic YeahWrite guidelines: 1000 word limit; your entry can be dated no earlier than this past Sunday; nonfiction personal essay, creative opinion piece or mostly true story based on actual events.

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

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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