Where Were You?

Last week’s grid was light. It happens, I know. Were you drained or overwhelmed by the events of the world? Were you getting ready to send kids off to school? Maybe you were taking one last summer trip. Maybe you’re not in this hemisphere so it’s winter and you’re just tired of me talking about East Coast/US stuff so you were all, “Nope. Not doing it this week.” It’s okay. We missed you, but we’re not upset and we’re still here, ready to accept your fabulous writing this week! Show us what you’ve got.

Also, as much as I love writing this post each week, I need a little break to work on some other stuff. You want YeahWrite to keep growing, right? Starting next week, Stacie will be taking over every other week. I’ll be out of town so I asked her to jump in, and then I hounded her until she agreed to stay. (That’s actually not at all what happened.) Make sure you give her a warm welcome. Also, make sure you give her a full grid. But don’t make it more full than this week’s or I’ll get a complex and think y’all just came out for her.

Okay. Let’s do this. All of you submit awesome things this week. Then, next week, one of you sit out so there’s just one less post yet the grid will still be amazing. Does that sound good? Talk among yourselves and figure out who’ll sit out. I’m sure one of you is doing something for U.S. Labor Day, right? (Crap. I brought up U.S. stuff again. Forgive me?)

Go fill up this week’s grid now, will you?

Nonfiction Know-How: Persuasive Essay

Creative nonfiction isn’t just your personal mostly-true stories. You can also use your powers to teach and persuade readers. Learn how to share your wisdom and lessons about life in a persuasive essay that’s more fun to read than that Grade 8 essay question answer in August’s Nonfiction Know-How.

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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