Y – Yeah Write. #AtoZ

A to Z Blogging Challenge

I discovered YeahWrite at Shailaja’s blog some years ago. She had written a post for the YeahWrite Weekly Writing Challenges.

Her post was flawless, as all of her posts always are. The language, the grammar, the tone of the post — all of it.

On visiting YeahWrite, I found how they have weekly challenges for fiction, non-fiction, and micro-prose, where you write for the one you are comfortable with and then share it with them.

The YeahWrite community helps you cultivate your writing; helps you polish your craft by critiquing and feedback that focuses on the areas you need to work on.

The first post I wrote for one of the challenges, I received a lengthy ‘love letter’ from them. And, it contained a detailed feedback that showed me where I had made errors and where I had scored.

That was my first such post that had been actually critiqued instead of just appreciated in the comments section as always.

It did come as a shock to me when I realised where I stood. I mean, I needed to work a LOT as far as my writing was concerned. It embarrassed me no end –that love letter– and made me think things over.

I needed to work on every aspect of my writing if I had to earn some brownie points from the YeahWrite team. I was ready to work, but at the same time, I was also intimidated by the whole ritual of getting the feedback for my work. A serious critique can pull you down from the pedestal you have placed yourself on!

It was Shailaja, who explained how criticism was necessary for me if I wanted to improve my craft. Without that, I would only be a mediocre writer!

Last year, I began sharing my posts for the Non-fiction writing challenges at YeahWrite. This time, though, they had done away with the love letters and instead shared the feedback in the comments section.

The thing with writing posts for YeahWrite is once you know what’s expected of you, you tend to put in extra effort into your writing. And, do you know what that does? It helps hone your writing to a degree you never imagined!

It holds a mirror to your work and shows you exactly where you err, and where you shine. And, that is what we writers need to know.

Our blogger friends will never point out our mistakes. Some of them are too sweet to even point out our typos! But, that’s the adulation we really do not need if we are to do well for ourselves.

So, if you are a newbie blogger, or an old-timer, and haven’t heard about YeahWrite, then I would suggest you pay them a visit. And, start participating in their weekly writing challenges. Yes, you will have to slog to present good work; you will also find it embarrassing having your mistakes pointed out in the comments section under your posts.

But, believe me, it will definitely be worth it!

Love,

SHILPA.

April 2018 A to Z blogging Challenge

My theme for the A to Z Blogging Challenge is all about my blog, Metanoia, and my blogging journey from the time  I started, 5 years ago. The lessons I learned, the tips and tricks I picked up from fellow bloggers and the guidelines I could have used back when I began.

You will find all of my A to Z posts here.

 

 

23 Replies to “Y – Yeah Write. #AtoZ”

  1. So very happy to see this post about one of my favourite writing sites on the Web. You’re right about everything that they do. They are the best when it comes to writing, honing your work, critiquing the work and learning from it.

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    1. True! And, all thanks to you, I realised how much I needed it.

      Next month onwards, I intend to participate again for the non-fiction challenges. I know how much I need to work on myself! 🙂 ❤
      Thank you, babe!

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  2. Good for you not letting it intimidate you but only making you strive to do better work, Shilpa. That’s what good critiquing is trying to accomplish. Yeahwrite does seem like a good place for a writer to learn and improve. I think I tried it once and got one of those brutal critiques that make you want to hide under a rock. Still it was honest and to the point. Often we’re too kind and say everything is good just to be nice. While it’s lovely to be supported, a good kick in the pants is needed to work harder at improving. Yeahwrite gives that kick. A well written post, Shilpa and I’m not just saying that because I’m your friend and think you’re great either! Haha!

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  3. You said it, Cat! A good kick in the pants is what we need every now and then to realise what we need to work on and also keep our feet firmly on the ground! 😛
    Yes, Yeah Write gives us that much-needed kick! And, I am glad I joined the group. 😀

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    1. Thank you, Seema! I feel every blogger who is interested in working on their writing skills should participate in these challenges at YeahWrite. The constructive criticism you get for your posts (and not for your thoughts/views) teach you a lot about writing. 🙂

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    1. Oh yes, Shalz! This one needs some major ‘pushing’ considering it can get quite nervous facing the concrit, too!
      Will do it at least once a month from May onwards. Let me know if and when you are ready.

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  4. Writing for Yeah Write prompts has been on my agenda for long now. Yes, we need critique for self development. Thanks for the nudge, Shilpa, will check out this fan writing site soon!

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  5. I used to write regularly for Yeahwrite last year. Infact, my blog’s sidebar contains few trinkets I won in the yw grids. Haven’t been able to take part in their challenges over the last six months or so. Time to revisit, I guess.

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    1. Oh yes, Varad, I have seen those trinkets and I know how well deserved they are! 👍
      I think you must do it at least once a month: it will keep you on your toes! 😃
      I plan on doing it that way from this month.

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