Seasonal Thoughts

It’s officially autumn here in the US, which means I’m officially depressed that in three months it will officially be winter. In the meantime, we have a few months of people either talking about or making fun of pumpkin spice. On the bright side, in just a few short months we’ll have gingerbread-everything, and gingerbread really is the superior flavor. Silver linings, folks. Silver linings.

My life is currently chaos, which is nothing new at all. It’s different chaos which makes it seem like it’s somehow worse. It’s not, just different. I was recently lamenting that I don’t have time to write but also noted that I have a million ideas. In fact, I can’t seem to stop the ideas. I had to laugh, however, about the fact that when I had more time to write, I felt like the words wouldn’t come, and I was completely void of ideas. What a cruel twist of fate, right? I want to write, but I can’t write. I want a gingerbread latte, but I don’t want winter. It’s the push-pull of life and the seasons themselves.

Luckily for you, YeahWrite is a year-round adventure ready for you when you’re ready to write and be read. We can’t wait for your words, and we’re glad you’re here with us.

Who’s on Fourth

It’s that time again! This month, our very own Arden sits down with Laura to learn more about the writer behind The Unraveling Yarn. The interview goes live Monday at 12pm ET, but for now, head on over to her website and show her some YeahWrite love!

YeahWrite Super Challenge

Congrats to Laura Neill, the winner of Super Challenge #5 and to Trish Tuthill and Sarah Grey on their runner-up finishes! We’re already gearing up for Super Challenge #6 where we’re returning to the land of fiction. Register today and be sure to sign up for our email blast so you don’t miss out on any announcements for the YeahWrite Super Challenge.

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: Tutorials

How often have you heard “the best way to learn a thing is to teach it?” This month’s Nonfiction Know-How focuses on a specific type of essay – tutorials – and how to show the lessons beneath the lessons to your audience. Get your Nonfiction Know-How right here.

Is fiction more your thing?

The Fiction|Poetry Challenge 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.

Natalie considered the life-changing events that is new motherhood in her essay Liminal Spaces. This week’s prompt is: “Nothing is mine.”

September Poetry Slam: Sijo

What poem blends the best elements of haiku, sonnet, and ballad? The Korean form called sijo! Busy with back-to-school? Don’t worry. It’s also short! Learn to write a 3-6 line, 40-50 syllable poem – with a twist – in this month’s slam.

Winners’ Round-Up

In case you missed them, you can find last week’s YeahWrite 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.

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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