Vacation: All I Ever Wanted

As you read this, I am on vacation, spending a few days at the beach with my family. We’ve been to this place (Wildwood, NJ, if you really care) many times over the years – as a family of three, in our earlier dating and married life, and both of us separately before that. It’s an easy little getaway with few surprises. Sun, sand, pool, fried food on the boardwalk… you know, the important stuff.

I’m excited about spending some time outside, away from cubicle life and home office walls. I’m giddy at the prospect to clear my head so that I can come home refreshed and ready to work on some projects that need finishing and have been long ignored because burnout is real.

In honor of my vacation, I’m offering up a take it or leave it prompt. While writing this week, drop in the word “vacation.” It doesn’t have to be the main theme – this isn’t your “My Summer Vacation” essay from grade school. Combine it with the Prompt Up for an extra challenge. Have fun with it. Or, if prompts aren’t your bag, skip it. It’s your call. Either way, I’m headed to the beach.

Nonfiction Know-How: Think Outside the Thesaurus

Word overuse plagues most writers, but the solution isn’t always as simple as grabbing a thesaurus. Learn how to avoid the most common traps in both overuse and trying to correct overuse in this month’s Nonfiction Know-How. Fictioneers, you might want to glance at this one, too! Learn 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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