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Little Voices

Do you have a little voice inside your head? I do. The one I hear the most is the one that tends to give me a hard time, trying to instill doubt at every turn. What’s worse, I think, is that every time something is working against me or I mess something up, that voice is right there with a, “See, I told you so!” That voice will look for anything, ANYTHING, to validate it.

Yesterday, I did a bunch of stuff right. It was a really good day. As I was working on some things, I knew I was nailing it. I was on fire. I was crushing it. I received positive responses on these things. And the other voice, the quieter one, said, “See, I told you so.”

The fact is, I know I’m capable. I just let that doubtful voice get the better of me, and I seek out ways for it to be proven right. What I should be doing is looking for ways to prove the other voice right. This is not about arrogance or thinking I’m better than I am, this is about having the confidence that I am where I am for a reason. I am not an impostor.

So how about you? Are you feeling like an impostor or are you confident? Or does it really depend on the day? How do you nurture your confidence? Your voices in comments.

Yeah write super challenge

The third and final round of super challenge #3 is currently underway! Good luck to all of our participants as they finish up their essays. Did you miss out on registration? Sign up for our email blast so you don’t miss out on any announcements.

Who’s on fourth

This month we invite you to learn more about Ellen over at Baby on a Raft! The interview will publish Monday at 12pm ET, but in the meantime, head over to her page and catch up on all of her awesomeness.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

The basics

Yeah write gives you two competitive challenge grids — nonfiction and fiction|poetry — both of which are unmoderated. Everyone gets to the voting round on Thursday. (Remember, your post must be dated appropriately, not be offensive to our audience, and cannot be over word count.) Got a question? E-mail us, tweet us, ping us on Facebook, or visit our online community, the yeah write coffeehouse. You can learn more about yeah write in our FAQ. Please make sure you are familiar with our submission guidelines before you enter. We don’t have a lot of rules, but we do enforce them across the board. We’d hate to see anyone get disqualified by a technicality.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Bring us your personal essays and creative nonfiction!

The nonfiction challenge grid opens on Monday at midnight EST. 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.

Nonfiction know-how: editing

This month’s nonfiction know-how is a little bit of a throwback. We’ve spent a lot of time lately talking about how to get writing that appeals to your audience onto the page; for Valentine’s Day we’re going to remind you how to show your writing a little additional love. Editing. It’s a task that makes the best of us cringe. We’ve talked about it before, and this month Cindy and Rowan are going to walk you through some specifics with the nonfiction posts and roundups. So what is editing, anyway, and how is it different from writing? Learn more from Rowan here.*

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 weekly prompt up!

Prompt up!

Prompt up is our optional weekly writing prompt for the fiction|poetry challenge! Here’s how it works: we announce a sentence prompt from last week’s winning nonfiction post. It’s your job to use that prompt in your story or poem in some way. Feel free to use it as your first sentence, move it somewhere else, change it, or float it down to other territories.

Nancy addressed the incomplete posts in her drafts folder in her essay, Unfinished. This week’s prompt up is: “It’s been a while since I woke at 4 a.m.”

February poetry slam: the memoriam stanza

Now that we spent the last month learning about couplets, let’s take February’s post to the next level. For this month’s poetry slam, we’ll be taking everything we learned about writing in tight spaces and applying it to the four-line memoriam stanza. Learn more from Rowan here.*

*Come back on Wednesday to find out what’s in store for our nonfiction know-how & poetry slam for March![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][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.

Weekend writing showcase

The weekend’s not over: the yeah write weekend writing showcase 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. Just leave your commercial or sponsored posts at home. Drop by, share your work, and while you’re there, visit your fellow yeah writers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]