Write…Edit…Publish (WEP) is a permanent bloghop posting every second month. Check out our program for 2017 in our sidebar and Pages above. Please follow us to keep abreast of the challenges. We usually post three times between bloghops–winners’ announcements, guest posts and up-coming bloghops. Submit your name to the InLinkz list to join us each challenge. WEP challenges are free, open to all. If your entry catches our eye, you will win a $10 Amazon Gift Card or a winners’ badge.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

WEP April challenge -- PEACE AND LOVE -- to honor Poetry Month

Hi, folks! It’s April, time for our second WEP challenge - brought to you by the original imaginings of Nilanjana Bose, the creativity of Olga Godim, and your hosts, Denise Covey and Yolanda Renée! 

This month, we're thinking about PEACE and LOVE.
Create an artistic interpretation: a poem, a flash fiction piece of 1000 words or less, a non-fiction piece detailing your personal experience or someone else's experience, write a script, draw your dreams, or post a photograph or a photo essay. The genre is up to you. The artistic choice is yours. 
For our inspiration, seeing it's Poetry month, we chose a poem: 

There are two angels, messengers of light, 
    Both born of God, who yet are bitterest foes. 
    No human breast their dual presence knows. 
As violently opposed as wrong and right, 
When one draws near, the other takes swift flight, 
    And when one enters, thence the other goes. 
    Till mortal life in the immortal flows, 
So must these two avoid each other's sight. 
Despair and hope may meet within one heart, 
The vulture may be comrade to the dove! 
Pleasure and Pain swear friendship leal and true: 
But till the grave unites them, still apart 
Must dwell these angels known as Peace and Love, 
For only Death can reconcile the two.

Poetical works of Ella Wheeler Wilcox. by Ella Wheeler Wilcox 
Edinburgh : W. P. Nimmo, Hay and Mitchell, 1917.

The lines that shouted at us were “Despair and hope may meet within one heart”. You may use words/phrases/sentiments from the poem to craft your entry. Ask yourself, how many ways are there to express Peace and Love? Endless! Go for it! 

So, April - the month inspired by poetry. It’s also the month of the A to Z challenge which takes our corner of the web by storm. The WEP Challenge falls on the ‘P’ day, so here’s your opportunity to fit into the ‘P’ category and participate in the A - Z and WEP at the same time, if you so desire. 

However, if you're not participating in the A - Z, go for it! But just because April is poetry month, it doesn’t mean you have to post poetry (do I hear a sigh of relief?) There are any number of ways you might express Peace & Love -- . . . a love story, a call for world peace, a refugee story, the possibilities are endless. . .

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Thursday, 30 March 2017

WEP February Winner - Kalpanaa & Making Writing A Priority

Kalpanaa, winner of the WEP February Flash Fiction Challenge, Back of the Drawer, with her work The Dresser is here today with a guest post
Making Writing a Priority.

Take it away, Kalpanaa!

Making my writing my highest priority was my New Year’s Resolution, and I’m watching with fascination how events unfold to make that a possibility. Setting an intention is the first thing you need to do when you’re trying to achieve something. As a result of this resolve, I’m basking in sunshine these days because two happenings blossomed in my life. The first is my resignation from my day job. I did this specifically to have more time to write. The thought of those endless rolling hills of free time to ponder, research, set down, edit, publish and bow to the cheering crowds (hopefully) has lifted my spirits to a level of girlish giggling. Which is why I was slightly taken aback when Yolanda and Denise serendipitously suggested I write about my writing journey (amongst other suggestions, to be fair). Stumped because there was a real danger of my writing a navel-gazing blog post since I’m in the thick of assessing my life goals and jotting them down in a journal.

I’ve always known I want to be a writer - spending the long hot summers of childhood writing feverishly, my mother a captive audience - captured by her duty to be encouraging. Later I wrote poems, and stories and, like a mimosa (flower - not cocktail) hid them away after even one not-so-pleasant comment. Feedback about my other writing didn’t cut so deep which meant I could write often and much about education, parenting, gender, book reviews - thoroughly enjoying the freelance life - which is the only kind of life a writer can thrive in. It gives you the freedom to dream and to write. You have the necessary time at your disposal to follow a regular writing schedule instead of one that’s squeezed between the car pool, the laundry and a night of much-needed rest. I was very impressed to hear that Dan Brown writes all those complex novels by waking up an hour earlier every morning and then going to his teaching job. Although I believe that was in the early days of his writing life and he now spends the entire day writing. 

In the aftermath of my divorce 11 years ago, my freelance writing career nosedived as I attempted to make sense of the enormity of the changes in my life. A shocking discovery about my past, the empty nest, death of a parent and drastic changes to the life I used to lead, drove me further into my introverted writer’s shell. Processing those cataclysmic life changes meant I just didn’t have the energy to write to editors with ideas for work. I did try though.  When they rejected my proposals, as editors do sometimes (often) my battered psyche took it as a personal rejection of that particular idea or article. So, I put it away quietly in a dark box. I began to believe I would feel better in a new place.  Plans to leave the country involved finding a line of work that would make this possible. I got myself a teaching qualification. I did continue to write blogs and stories, but I put most of it away in the dark box, fearing rejection. 

The job I’m resigning from involves teaching English to small Korean children. It’s quite lovely being around children, watching them progress and coming up with new ideas to make the day fascinating for them as well as for me. The drawback is that it leaves me with no time to write. And with no energy either. Doing the Dan Brown thing didn’t really work for me because I catch the school bus at 7 am - where was I going to find an hour to write before that? I did better with writing in the evening when I was more relaxed. 

 Despite the wait (we have a 3 month notice period) the decision has given me a huge burst of writing energy, and I’m gearing up for the A to Z Challenge with much pleasurable anticipation. My theme this year is the Lexicon of Leaving. It’s all about Divorce. 

As writers, we often make the mistake of putting our writing second, or even third or fourth. Many of us grow up with the certainty that we want to be writers but then do so many other things as well. Did that happen to you? I’d love to hear about how you sidelined your writing. Do you have the courage to live by your writing

I know I didn’t honour my craft and for a very good reason. My children came first, and I believed I could always write at night when they were asleep, or not sick, or grown up - or, like Dan Brown, early morning. People gave me books to read, written by women writers and we marveled at how the women wrote at night, after washing the nappies and cooking dinner. They couldn’t make writing the center point of their lives. Perhaps I could have. I don’t know. What I do know is that I have now made it central to my life, putting aside worries and fears about my financial situation and other practical matters and making space to write.

In addition to making mental space to write, I firmly believe we need a physical space to write in and have been much influenced by Virginia Woolf and ‘A Room of One’s Own.' 

Writers are sensitive, observant people and we don’t put only our friends, family and colleagues under the microscope. We spend a good deal of time examining ourselves and our work. I do. I know my faults as a writer (and as a person). Do you know yours?

It’s important to think what your drawbacks as a writer are - and then, of course, to work on them. 

Mine are impatience and feeling shy about my work. The only reason my story, ‘The Dresser’ was better than others I’ve put out there is because I edited, revised, showed it to a couple of trusted lieutenants, implemented their suggestions and then sent it off. In working the way I know I should, I didn’t listen to my impatient self that wanted to send it off immediately and be done with it. I had to overcome my reluctance to show my work to people I know well, who could judge me and make me feel terrible instead of just tossing it into the internet. In cyberspace strangers, will read to oohs and aahs, ignore or actively dislike my word but their opinions won’t shatter my self-confidence and will matter only a little provided I’m satisfied with what I’ve written.

The second event that’s validating my feeling that I’m a writer is very practical. I’m going to share it with you here because it has honestly made my life much easier and more ‘writer-like.' I often write in notebooks - because pen to paper gets me to be very creative with my language if there’s been a long gap in the writing life. I then can’t find the notebook I was writing in, or the page I scribbled on. I also write on scraps of waste paper and tuck them into notebooks. Sometimes the notebooks are too heavy to carry around resulting in situations where I have time to write, the ideas are flowing, but there’s nowhere to note things down. I find these frustrations killing and just can’t scoop up the idea later in the day and write about it. I’m moody that way. It isn’t a good thing, I know. I’m aware that discipline matters and other such character building traits ensure success, but I still feel annoyed and am easily distracted by a friend, a child’s story or a cat video on the internet. But now I’ve discovered Ulysses. It’s a distraction-free writing app I downloaded on my laptop and my phone. I write at home, and the cloud sends it to my phone. I edit on the bus on the way to school. At school, if I have free time I can continue to write either on my phone or on my work laptop which also has the app, miraculously. (I know, I know - it isn’t really a miracle. Just the cloud. Which is a miracle) Nothing gets lost. I can publish directly to my blog from Ulysses. I can email an editor. I know it’s a shiny new toy, and there were always ways I could have done this, but the ease and simplicity of it have changed my life. It’s an Apple app but do check to see if they have a Microsoft version. A good writing experience enhances your pleasure in writing. What do you use to write? Can you recommend some writing tools? 

My New Year’s Resolution ensured I found the gaps in my writing process and sent me the solutions. That’s serendipity for you. If you make writing your priority, everything will move in that direction to ensure you can write. Time to write, space to write, patience, courage and the right tools - what more does a writer need? 

Thank you, Kalpanaa!
What more does a writer need?
That app sounds amazing.
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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

WEP…Write…Edit…Publish – BACK OF THE DRAWER WINNERS for February 2017

What an incredible challenge. The entries were magnificent, stupendous, amazing, awesome, imaginative, superb, outstanding, and any other descriptive adjective you can conjure for excellent. But dear entrants you’ve made it damn near impossible to put only one at the top! Which we actually love, such superb writing! A pure pleasure to read!

Kudos to Olga Godim, our badge designer and Nilanjana Bose, our prompt guru! BACK OF THE DRAWER was inspired and inspiring, as evidenced by the various tomes. . .
. . . a letter that leaves a marriage in turmoil. . . . a notebook full of memories, a connection to someone lost. . . . letters that revive a broken heart or detail the horrors of war. . . . the secret to longevity or the entrance to another dimension. . . . the inspiration for ghost stories or for the magic that saves lives or in some cases destroys them. . . . a warning, or the evidence that points to a murderer. Even dragons and elephants . . .
Such imagination, and truly exceptional writing. Congratulations, all of you! But there can only be one!



The Dresser – An arranged marriage, acquiescence, but another’s picture prominently displayed, then the surprise. WOW! The entry that had everything.

Congratulations Kalpanaa
Please, accept the winner’s badge and display on your blog with a link to
The Dresser .

An Amazon Gift Card of $10 will be winging your way shortly.


Laura Clipson

Forgotten Life was magical. The pacing, the tension, the reveal at the end, just perfect, a truly brilliant flash.

Congratulations Laura!

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 Forgotten Life .


Donna Hole / Dolorah

TOWNIE – An anti-valentine’s tale A broken plastic heart, a realization, and a new direction, make for a very satisfying story arc.

Congratulations, Donna/Dolorah. Please accept the badge and display it on your blog with a link to

Those who made the shortlist were

Thanks, everyone, for an exciting introduction to a new year of fabulous WEP Challenges.

Don’t forget we hold them every other month now.
Our next one is April

According to the poem by Peace and Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
“Despair and hope may meet within one heart.”
So, April - the month inspired by poetry. It’s also the month of the A to Z challenge which takes our corner of the web by storm. The WEP Challenge falls on the ‘P’ day, so here’s your opportunity to fit into the ‘P’ category and participate in the A - Z and WEP at the same time, if you so desire. If you're not participating in the A - Z, go for it!
 But just because April is poetry month, it doesn’t mean you have to post poetry (do I hear a sigh of relief?) There are any number of ways you might express Peace & Love --
                   . . . a love story, a call for world peace, a refugee story, the possibilities are endless. . .
See you then, but be sure to return for the winner’s guest post!

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Wednesday, 1 February 2017


Hi, folks! It’s February, and time for the WEP’s first challenge of the year - brought to you by the original imaginings of Nilanjana Bose, the creativity of Olga Godim, and your hosts, Denise Covey and Yolanda Renée! This month, let's go to the...


Just the thought that you could open a drawer and find a letter, a deed, a lottery ticket - sparks the imagination! What twist can you give this amazing prompt? Maybe you find a hidden door and open it to find a room full of priceless art? This is the basis of novels on the Paris apartment where exactly this happened. Here's one here!

It does happen! Just recently a man decided to spend a snow day cleaning house. He found a million dollar lottery ticket!

It's up to you! Create an artistic interpretation: a poem, a flash fiction piece of 1000 words or less, a non-fiction piece detailing your personal experience or someone else's experience, write a script, draw your dreams, or post a photograph or a photo essay. The genre is up to you. The artistic choice is yours. A scandal, a lost love found, a deed, a lottery ticket or the last will and testament naming you the sole beneficiary! Go for it!

What will you find at the BACK OF THE DRAWER?

Email Denise or Yolanda if you have more questions:

den.covey@gmail.com / yolandarenee@hotmail.com

Sign-up begins February 1st, but please note -- posting day is just that one Wednesday, February 15th! If you need to post earlier, go right ahead! We'll pick it up on the feed...

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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

WEP Guest Post - The Importance of Critical Reading by Pat Garcia

Pat Garcia, winner of the WEP December Flash Fiction Challenge, with her work The Woman And Her Dream is here today with a guest post. The Importance of Critical Reading.
Take it away, Pat.

Are you a critical reader? If not, it is time to think about becoming one.

One of the basic bricks in the foundation of every good or great writer is reading.  Writers read a lot, or at least, I hope so.

Now, before I lose you, let me say, I am not talking about glancing through the first chapter of a book quickly, and then going to the middle to skim through one or two chapters and then to the end to see how the story ends. That is not critical reading. Critical reading forces us to read slowly. It puts us in a position where we receive an impartation from whatever book we are reading.  We feel the words the author uses and experience the expressions; we get ideas that give us verve for our story.

  Recently, I was reading an article from J.Q. Rose's Blog. She recommended some writers’ books that accompany her in her writing. I love Rose's blog because every time I visit it, which is not often due to my heavy schedule, I find something I need to know, and it advances my writing skills. J.Q. shared her reading list, and da da one book caught my eye.  I searched to see if I had it on my iPad, but I didn't.  So, I quickly pulled up Amazon and purchased, Reading Like A Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them by Francine Prose.  

Now, I am a voracious reader. I even read some books over and over again, but I never put any intensive thought into why I do that.  Francine Prose's book made me realize why.  

Most of you do not know my reading habits, but I prefer reading a book from cover to cover. I also read slowly. Prose says that is a good thing. Now, I do not feel ashamed when I take the time to sit in my comfy chair and let myself sink into a book and read it carefully. Prose says when we do this we are learning to write and also learning how not to write. I agree. So, critical reading helps us write our stories.

Critical reading can also be a cure for writer's block.  How many times do you get stuck in your manuscript? You cannot write a scene, or the plot is confusing and zaps your energy.  It does happen, at least to me it does. Prose says reading a book which presents similar problems in our manuscripts helps us overcome the block. Again, I agree with her.  I have found that retrieving a book I have read and looking at its structure and plot undoes the mental block in me and makes an imprint on my writing. My mind relaxes, and ideas, dialogue, and narratives begin to flow again.

Critical reading also points out loopholes in our plots we need to close.   When I get stuck in my plot, I run to my imaginary roundtable of writers. They are so funny. They come from all genres, and they help me the most. Writers like Du Maurier, Sayer, Holt, and Whitney handled their suspense situations well, and they give me great suggestions when I am dealing with my heroine’s reaction to impending trouble. If I am stuck in my narrative, I usually run to John Gardner and his Sunlight Dialogue, or if I am stuck in the spirituality of a character or scene, I turn to Dante and His Inferno or Goethe and his legendary Faust.

          Finally, Critical reading helps us to express ourselves. It strengthens our ability in and around writing our sentences and then styling them. So, for me, I have learned how to express myself by examining the sentence styling, the rhythm, and even the word count of a sentence from the authors who sit at my roundtable. It usually becomes clear to me when I am editing an article or story. I can hear Gardner asking me, “Why did you write that sentence so long?” Or, I hear Du Maurier saying, “You don’t have to tell the whole thing, ma chérie. Quick, precise narrative is needed.” Or Dante says, “My Dear Girl, where is the rhythm? Did you forget that?”  Through their works, I have dissected sentences and discovered the beauty and simplicity of the simple sentence, and I have learned to laugh at myself.

Deep in the back of every writer's subconscious mind, I believe there is the desire to connect with people and leave a work or works that are not forgotten. Critical reading assists us in achieving that goal if we so desire. It inspires us to write our stories to standards where the words burn within the hearts of people who read our books. Our books give out a sweet fragrance that goes beyond the shelf life of books sitting on a shelf in any bookstore. They become jewels that live from generation to generation.

Many thanks to Denise Covey and Yolanda Reneè for inviting me to share some of my thoughts on writing. I enjoy WEP. It is an important website for writers from all genres because it helps us sharpen our writing skills. I wish you both an awesome 2017 with many pleasant surprises.

Shalom Aleichem
    Pat Garcia
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Thank you, Pat, for a very thoughtful post.

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At the back of the drawer
Rummaging at the back of the drawer, you find…. a clue to a murder/mystery or a note from an old flame…. a key to an old house…anything really. Could be interpreted anyway – a broad prompt for you if you don’t like February to be all about Valentines. But if you're a romantic soul who does, go for it.
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