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herding cats

Somebody* once compared writing to herding cats. You get a few words and sentences going off in the direction you want, and the ones you’re not paying attention to wander away. When you go to gather up the stragglers, you find the others have taken off and disappeared around the corner. What does it take to get them to line up neatly and follow the route you’ve planned? Patience and persistence, that’s for sure. A can of tuna doesn’t hurt. (Never underestimate the power of an appropriate reward.)

But here’s another thing: maybe your cats have stumbled onto something good. A new scene, a new character, a new metaphor. Sometimes the scenic route is the way to go. If you find your words – or your story – wandering off, take a few minutes to follow them. Maybe you’ll need to backtrack in the end, but you might just spot something interesting along the way.

* OK, me.

who’s on fourth?

Tune in tomorrow for our monthly who’s on fourth interview series! This month we’re visiting with Asha from Flashatales & Parenting in the Wilderness.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

bring us your personal essays and creative nonfiction!

The nonfiction challenge grid opens on Monday at midnight EDT. This is the best place on the ‘net to showcase your best writing. Make us laugh, make us cry, make us think, and above all: make us care.

is fiction more your thing?

The fiction|poetry grid opens on Tuesday. Grab a mic and join our monthly poetry slam, or check out our new focus on fiction! The coffeehouse is the place to go to keep up on these special events.

this week’s ultimate question: where are the cats?

Answer this question in exactly 42 words for the gargleblaster micro challenge, which opens on Wednesday, or use it to inspire your submission to the other competitive grids.

tips for your microstories

This week’s question requires only two things for a good answer: cats (plural) and the place they’re at (right now). I don’t care if the cats are felines, humans, or minor league sportsball players – just make sure you include them! Please note that the verb tense of the answer should match the verb tense of the question.

weekend writing showcase

The weekend’s not over: the moonshine grid is still open. Have something to add? Old posts and new are welcome. No moderation, no voting. It’s a laid-back relaxed kind of place. Drop by, share your work, and while you’re there, visit your fellow yeah writers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

winners’ round-up

In case you missed them, you can find last week’s yeah write staff picks and crowd favorites all laid out for you on Friday’s winners’ post. Leave the winners some love in the comments. They will love you right back, we guarantee it.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

how yeah write works

We’ve got three competitive challenge grids at the yeah write weekly writing challenge — nonfiction, fiction|poetry and microstories. Most weeks, they are all moderated. Submissions which do not meet our editorial guidelines will not be passed through to the voting grid.

For this week though, the three grids are unmoderated! That being said, you still have to meet our basic guidelines (word count, post date, etc.). You can find the schedule, submissions guidelines, etc. in our FAQ.

more than just a weekly writing challenge

Sure, the competitive grids are our bread and butter, but there’s more on the menu. We’re building a community of writers who are continually striving to get better at their craft. The challenge grids are one way to do this. We’ve also got the moonshine weekend writing showcase, which is a great place to let loose and try something new, plus the yeah write coffeehouse — the hippest place on the ‘net to find a writing partner, talk about writing or just hang out with other yeah writers. Head barista Nate serves up a couple shots of espresso every week, specially formulated to get your creative juices flowing. Grab a chair and start chatting up your neighbors!

more questions?

Want to ask a question? Start a conversation? Brand new to yeah write and need some clarification? Please visit us on social media! You can also email us at getsocial@yeahwrite.me.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]