Sunday SUNDAY Sundayyyyyy!
It’s one of those posts, folks. I’m announcing the winners, but I’m also giving you a heads up about so much more. Or you could, you know, scroll straight to the bottom. I don’t care. I don’t put any work into these posts or anything. Go ahead. sniff.
First, a couple quick reminders: There’s ONE SPOT LEFT for full review in our Summaries for Pitch and Page class. Grab that by Sunday if you want it, because that’s when you need to send in your story or essay for review! If you want to participate but not send in a story for review, you’ve got a-whole-nother week to get your registration in. See you there!
Speaking of Sunday, that’s when regular registration prices kick in for Super Challenge #6. Discounted early bird entry lasts through Saturday, so snag your spot for the best challenge I’m not eligible to enter on the Net. I don’t resent that or anything. Nope. Sure don’t want to try my hand at mixed-genre prompts, multiple clues, or anything like that, and I hate feedback.
But that’s not all. You’ll want to keep an eye on next week’s Sunday kickoff post, too, because we’re moving to a new format. We’re collecting all the grids in one easy spot all week. We’ve made some changes to the schedule and word count limits, too, so make sure to doublecheck the post and guidelines. Let us know in comments or in the coffeehouse what you think of the new streamlined format… after you see it.
Oh, right: and next week’s got the first Wednesday of the month in it, so stay tuned for our microprose challenge on Wednesday. You’ll have under 24 hours to make it from prompt to popular vote!
Besides the popular vote, of course, we also have the option of handing out an editorial staff pick to any post on our grids, nonfiction, fiction|poetry, or microprose. Our editors comb the grids to find, not just the best writing on this grid this week, but what we think is pretty darn great writing anywhere anytime. Picks are based on writing quality, how successful the author is in conveying information, and just plain style. The great part is that we don’t have a finite number of picks to hand out. That means that if two, three, five, or even all the works on one grid are fantastic, we can give them all kudos- and we’d love to, so keep that great work coming!
On weeks when we don’t award a staff pick, keep an extra close eye on the Roundup. That’s our rundown of trends we see from week to week. We try to highlight the good stuff and point out problems that more than one writer is struggling with. There’s probably a handy tip in there for you right now, so check it out!
Once you’re done reading through the Roundup, keep scrolling down to check out who won the popular vote on both grids. If you earned the highest number of votes in any challenge, you are this week’s Crowd Favorite! If you came in first, second or third, you get “Top Three” honors. Grab your badge from our sidebar!
Looking for your badge? Both grids have the same Winner, Editorial Staff Pick, and Top Three badges. It doesn’t clutter up our sidebar, and they’ll still look pretty on yours!
Rowan’s Roundup: YeahWrite Weekly Writing Challenge #337
Always try something new. I know it doesn’t always pay off in the popular vote, but YeahWrite is a great place to experiment with technique and ideas and get feedback before you start really working up a longform piece to pitch for pay. Use the concrit badge. Try the new thing.
And if you’ve been around for a while and you see someone trying a style you’ve never seen them write in before, take the time to let them know what’s working and give them a hand on the bits they seem to be struggling with. Community works both ways.
Quick. Tell me one thing about your last main character that didn’t make it into the story, but which changed how they behaved.
If you can’t do that, you might be writing cartoons instead of characters. Stephen King referred to writing as “looking through a hole in a fence.” Stuff happens off the page. Stuff happens to your characters outside the limits of your story. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t know about it or try to find it out. Think about when you write a micro – how much you can tell and how much you have to imply – and then try to think about your longer works in the same proportion of seen and unseen… scenes.
That’s it for this week! If you’re lost in the middle of the grid and wondering how you can get a little more feedback on your posts, check out our membership perks! If you’re more the self-help type, remember to scroll through our writing help section for tips and tricks. Even if a post isn’t directed at your favorite grid, there’s probably a handy hint for you in there anyway!
Everybody: before you go, please take some time to leave your favorites a little love in the comments, and don’t forget, the Weekend Writing Showcase opens tonight at 6pm Eastern US Time!
Congratulations to the Crowd Favorites at YeahWrite #337
The thumbnails are now sorted in order of most votes to fewest. Ties in the overall number of votes are broken by number of editor votes.
Congratulations if you’re at or near the top! Writing well is hard work, and we’re honored you’ve chosen us this week to showcase your entry.
If you’re at or near the bottom, don’t be discouraged. You’re in the right community for learning and growing as a writer, and we are always available with resources for those who ask nicely.
To our readers and voters: thank you! See you next week.
About the author:
Rowan submitted exactly one piece of microfiction to YeahWrite before being consumed by the editorial darkside. She spent some time working hard as our Submissions Editor before becoming YeahWrite’s Managing Editor in 2016. In real life she’s been at various times an attorney, aerialist, professional knitter, artist, graphic designer (yes, they’re different things), editor, secretary, tailor, and martial artist. It bothers her vaguely that the preceding list isn’t alphabetized, but the Oxford comma makes up for it. She lives in Portlandia with a menagerie which includes at least one other human. She blogs at textwall and CrossKnit.