Tuesday, 18 February 2020

#WEP FEBRUARY CHALLENGE - CAFE TERRACE - SIGN UP HERE - INLINKZ CLOSES IN 3 DAYS!


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Read some great short #writing here at the WEP, https://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2020/02/wep-february-challenge-cafe-terrace.html #amwriting, #amreading, #amediting, #ff, #flashfiction, #nonfiction, #poetry #prizes

Saturday, 1 February 2020

#WEP/IWSG Inaugural Challenge for 2020 - FEBRUARY - CAFE TERRACE. Put-your-thinking-cap-on post, plus exciting news!

Hello writers!

Denise here! 

My motto for the year is: LIGHTEN UP! And I'll start with WEP.

From now on, all news etc will be here in the first-of-the-month post, while the sign up post will be just that, a sign up. We no longer want the sign up post to be cluttered with a lot of information. It will be problematic to start with, as our-first-of-the-month posts are largely ignored, but we'll work on it. 

(A timely reminder: check your Spam folder as I send out a notification email before each post.) 

This month, we certainly have more news than usual!


Did I catch you by surprise! 

The year 2020. 

WEP's 10th birthday.

Beginning life as RFW (Romantic Friday Writers) in 2010, with myself and Francine Howarth (Regency Romance author) at the helm, it transformed into WEP basically because some writers were put off by the idea of writing romance. 

Little ole me has continued as founder/host after Francine's writing career took off, with the generous help of Donna Hole, then Yolanda Renee as co-hosts. Now we have a full team - Olga Godim, Nilanjana Bose and L.G. Keltner who have different strengths but most importantly are all enthusiastic about this unique online writing community. 


Olga created a wonderful anniversary badge with the team's input. Grab it and post it into your sidebar with a link to our website. Thank you!


WEP has been a way to hone our writing craft, a way to gain confidence to publish, and a way to gather countless writing friends to motivate and encourage through beta reading and/or critiquing. 

We celebrate this milestone, first by acknowledging the loyalty of several writers who've been with us since the early days as RFW and its fortnightly 400-word posts, and who continue to post regularly or irregularly -- Nilanjana Bose, Sally Stackhouse, Roland Yeomans, Yolanda Renee, Nancy Williams and Donna Hole. Other 'originals' return from time to time (but not often enough - we miss them!) hey there Michael di Gesu and Adura Ojo.

Each of the above 6 have been asked to share a few words about their WEP/writing experience and to collect their badge. Their replies will be shared in the next few posts.


Yolanda Renee here! 

The WEP has truly meant everything to my writing career. This amazing artistic community, through each writing prompt, gave me an opportunity to learn the craft and hone my skills. I was able to experiment with new genres and word lengths and to share without fear. Because of the WEP, I've made many lasting friendships. I give full credit to the WEP for the five books I've published. Participating gave me the courage to submit to the IWSG anthologies and other writing challenges. So you see, it means the world to me!

Thank you, Denise, and the WEP Community!


Thanks Yolanda! Please accept this badge made especially for you by our master badge-maker, Olga Godim.



Nilanjana here!

I started blogging in 2011 and soon after found RFW which became WEP, first as a participant and then as one of the team. I don’t think I have missed a prompt since I joined my first challenge! The impact of this has been manifold. The first is the tangible outcome – publication. One of my poetry entries got published because Donna Hole, the then co-host, emailed and encouraged me to submit it. My short story won a blog contest, was selected from over 2000 entries and also got published.  Neither of these would have happened but for WEP. There are other outcomes, where the role of WEP isn’t as direct, but is there nevertheless, through the learning of writing craft and support. Writing is mostly editing - writing to prompts builds imagination and the specific word count improves editing skills. WEP therefore makes me a sharper writer.

Not just a better writer, WEP makes me a better, more aware reader too. It builds my critiquing skills. It feeds off and into the writing courses I take. It gives me the confidence to take up offers to judge local writing competitions. To participate in other, local writing events/collaborations.  To experiment with genres and other ‘what-if’ scenarios. And it allows me to be a part of a community of like-minded people, which I relish. I value the friendships and connections made through WEP, above all. Don’t want to be sounding  extra dramatic or anything, but in some rather hard-to-define, fun and fundamental ways WEP ups the quality of my writing life.

Thanks Nila! Please accept this badge made especially for you by our master badge-maker, Olga Godim.




But, hey, it's February 1st already! 

Yep. Happy Holidays are over. For those who took a break from writing, time's flying by!  Let's put that thinking cap on. It's time to visit your favorite cafe and create ... a coffee-infused flash. Or a murder mystery. Or a family reunion ... as long as Cafe Terrace fits in somewhere!

There are NO genre restrictions here at WEP (except erotica). So...if coffee isn't your thing (OMG, really! Psst. Let me tell you about the cappuccino with real melted chocolate drizzle I discovered in Townsville, north Queensland, on my latest trip). Better still, let me share it with you ... and it had melted chocolate at the bottom ...


Just like there're myriad types of coffee, feel free to tweak the prompt to whatever you want. We're cool like that!

So without further ado...here's the challenge for February -



Cafe Terrace at Night is one of the many names of this painting by Vincent van Gogh of a cafe in Arles, Provence, the south of France. Painted in September 1888, the cafe is still in the  Place du Forum amongst many eateries welcoming coffee and wine drinkers from around the world. What a sumptuous setting for your flash  -- fiction or non. Check out the CHALLENGES 2020 page above for more ideas, or go with your original gut feeling when you first saw this painting.



HOUSEKEEPING

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No sign up now


- This post is to get you thinking ... considering ... ruminating ... about the way you want to spin the prompt.

- Add your URL to your blog entry on the InLinkz on the February 19 - 21 post with DL (Direct Link) after your name. 

- It'd be awesome if you gave your entry a title (remember those school essays - no marks for the title, but you had to have one.) Don't just use the name of the prompt. 

-Include the Challenge badge and 'WEP' in your URL title.

- Indicate the level of feedback you desire by adding the critique codes below. Be careful not to go overboard with your words of wisdom if the writer hasn't asked for full critique. 

STATE YOUR FEEDBACK PREFERENCES

The linky closes after 21st February 23:59 EST. 

- Read and comment on the participating blogs. This is one of the most important aspects to us. So sad if few read our work :-( Messes with our heads.

Simple, isn't it?




COMMENTS:
Comment counting will cease at midnight on Friday 28th February EST time, which gives you over a week to read/comment. (If this is a problem to you, let us know and we'll give some leeway). When you've finished reading, it would be helpful if you left a comment on the main post to tell us you're done. PLEASE everyone, make sure comments are allowed on your blog. 


***If you'd like to help in this or a later challenge, please email me at: den.covey@gmail.com or leave a comment below. Always looking for comment counters and blurb writers.***





PRIZES!

The WEP/IWSG has always been a writing contest, but the prizes change over time.


First, we have the CRITIQUE prize for the WINNER. This month  Lynda Dietz at Easy Reader and Editing who offers the winner a 10,000 word (about a 3-chapter) critique. (Wouldn't I love to win this prize!)

Lynda has been fascinated with the written word since her earliest years of reading the back of the cereal box at the breakfast table. She’s now a copyeditor who works with authors in a variety of genres, both in fiction and nonfiction. She’s had a blog since 2013, where she encourages writers with advice and a healthy dose of silliness.

Blog:
Easy Reader Editing Blog easyreaderediting.com/blog

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THERE'S MORE...

As fabulous as it is, the above Critique Prize isn't all. Read on...

We also offer the winner a chance to write a Guest Post here at WEP and at times a short post in the IWSG Newsletter.


If you have any other suggestions for prizes, please email Denise: den.covey@gmail.com


So...let's get thinking...let's get writing!



  

Here's what's happening in YEAR 2020 at WEP, one of our best yet judging by the prompts:




We'd love if you'd Tweet Tweet Tweet some/all of these:

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Join WEP @DeniseCCovey @TheIWSG for the first challenge of the year Café Terrace Sign up February 19! https://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2020/01/wepiwsg-inaugural-challenge-for-2020.html       
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Begin 2020 by joining @DeniseCCovey @TheIWSG for the latest challenge Café Terrace Sign up February 19! https://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2020/01/wepiwsg-inaugural-challenge-for-2020.html
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Denise,
FOR THE WEP TEAM!

Monday, 20 January 2020

#DECEMBER WINNERS POST-Sonia Gives Us Tips to Avoid Procrastination

Laura here once again!

The December prompt saw a lot of wonderful entries! Choosing a winner was no easy task, but Sonia prevailed with a beautiful and heart-wrenching tale.

Judge Nick Wilford said:

"A beautiful evocation of loss. This was really touching."



If you haven't yet read the previous post listing our winners, please do so.

Now it is our pleasure to host a guest post from our winner Sonia. In addition to this guest post, she also won a critique from J.L. Campbell and a guest post in the IWSG newsletter.

Have you as a writer ever struggled with procrastination? Sonia has some useful tips to help you avoid it and get words on the page.


The Art of Not Procrastinating

Finally, I am at my desk doing the WEP Post. It’s taken me some time with the New Year and all the travelling. But more than that, I think procrastinating has been my biggest enemy when it comes to writing. The temptation to write on another day, when the sun is out and the bees make enough honey or when God himself decides to send the right signal, is so strong that today just doesn’t seem enough! So, I decided to talk about the art of “not procrastinating” when it comes to writing.

The famous Indian saint and mystic poet, Kabir Das says in his oft-quoted couplet,

‘ काल करे सो आज कर, आज करे सो अब
पल में परलय होएगी बहुरि करेगा कब !’

Simply translated, what you intend to do tomorrow, do it today and what you intend doing today, do it right away because the world might end in the blink of an eye leaving you with no time at all!

On the flip side, I am also someone who believes in writing ONLY when my heart calls and when words flow ceaselessly. Yet, sometimes, this belief can turn out to be the most incredible impediment.

The ‘Art of Not Procrastinating’, I think, can help writers a great deal. Here are a few pointers I made for myself and which might help my writer friends:

Have a personal almanac   Assign yourself a task for every single date on the calendar. The same piece may spill over to another date but just be clear about what you want to write about on a particular day.

Smaller Goals   Just ensure to spend fifteen minutes writing. Do not think that you shall sit at the table only when you have enough. Fifteen minutes should help you start.

Perfection is a Myth   We often postpone work because we want to do it near perfect. On the contrary, remember that action is far more important than perfection, which is subjective and only a state of mind.

One Goal at a Time   Do not think of achieving too many targets together. If you are looking at writing a book, it is better to focus on it than fill your time with several small pieces to attain temporary gratification.

If you must write gibberish, so be it   Stop waiting for the muse to come to you, for the perfect word to hit your mind. Write whatever you can, even if it’s not the best version. It is way better than not writing at all!

There are, way many points to add to the list above, but for now, I guess I can just ask you to get to your desk. I just did that and finished this piece. Yay!

About the Author-Sonia Dogra is a blogger and writer, who is trying to play with words in the hope that they may convey what her heart wishes to say! She may be read here: A HundredQuills


Thank you Sonia! I'll have to try these out for myself. I'm already following one of these as part of my goals for the new year. I'm writing so much gibberish right now, but I'm meeting my word count goals.

Please join us for the first challenge of 2020 in February as we begin a new year at Write...Edit...Publish. I have the feeling this one is going to be special and filled with wonderful stories.

Feel free to check out ideas from the WEP 2020 Challenges Page for the next prompt ..or not. It's up to you!

More details are coming in Denise's post on February 1st. See you there!



Until then, happy writing!


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Do you struggle with procrastination? December Challenge Winner's Post @TheIWSG @DeniseCCovey  
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Monday, 6 January 2020

#WEP/IWSG WINNERS POST - Whose #FOOTPRINTS Left a Lasting Mark?

Hello writers! Laura here!

December brought us a plethora of wonderful entries! Thank you to everyone who took part. We know December is a busy month for many of you, so your time and effort is greatly appreciated. 



Jemi Fraser once again wrote up the blurbs for this month's entries. Thank you so much for doing a fantastic job with them, Jemi!

BLURBS:

Denise Covey - On Top Of The Mountain
After a break up, Ciara hikes the Camino de Santiago on a pilgrimage to help her heal

A memoir in photo-essay that will leave you breathless with the beauty of the imagery & the emotions

Cami’s older brother has told her something awful so Cami is out to prove him wrong. And she’s found footprints to prove her case!

A powerful reflection of how our choices and actions define us - right until the end

On the Rendezvous Space Station, a man has lost an invisible animal. Will Dinara be able to help?

Life is full of challenges, and these poems will show you how to deal with some of them

Xavier Xanthum, space explorer, and his AI buddy Larry find a new planet to explore

Needing to clear her head, Jamie finds herself caught in the rapidly rising tide and needing to find a way home

Can dreams foretell the future? Do they impact the present? Read on to find out!

A continuation of a Halloween tale. What will Teresa and her friends find on this next full moon?

Calla, senior biologist on the Pathfinder space vehicle, hopes to find signs of animal life on a new planet

A construction worker looking to overcome a checkered past agrees to work on a mansion where all is not what it seems

An early morning awakening leads to a beautiful adventure filled with footprints and memories 

A musician lives for the music - no matter what that music might cost him in the rest of his life

Skadi makes her return in a mythical tale of power and struggle along with love and balance

When new creatures start crawling out from the bog, people think they’re cute - until they’re not so cute

Snowflake fairies, warm cosy dreams and the wonder of the season

Snapshots of a life well-lived with glimpses into the past and future

Think you know the story behind the carol Good King Wenceslas? Check out this wonderful retelling

Snow has arrived in England and when a woman goes for a walk in the snow she follows unusual footprints

Chander returns to his home in Chicago and tries to cope with a heart-rending loss

A poem reflecting the way we feel when we’ve lost our way and are overwhelmed. Which way to choose?

Kelly and the red wheelbarrow make a reappearance to check out a troubled land

A walk on the beach leads two sisters to a discovery that fills their hearts

A heartfelt poem to a young one who is struggling with the harshness of life


SHORTLIST

We had a difficult time coming up with a shortlist this month. How could we not with the high quality entries we saw? We went back and forth for a bit to finalize the short list, but we finally came up with one we could all agree on. If you don't see your name on this last, don't feel bad! Competition was fierce, and none of you went unnoticed.


And now for the official shortlist!



Sonia Dogra 

Roland Yeomans 

Cyndi Pride

Sally Stackhouse 

Jemi Fraser 

C. Lee McKenzie 

Once again, we'd like to thank everyone who took part and to congratulate everyone on a job well done! It was also heartening to see so many people commented far and wide. Please keep it up, because in order to make the final shortlist, you must be commenting!


WINNERS:

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THE WINNER OF THE DECEMBER 2019 CHALLENGE-FOOTPRINTS is:



Congratulations, Sonia! Your first time at WEP and you nailed it!

Nick said: 

"A beautiful evocation of loss. This was really touching."

Sonia, please link the badge to your story and post it on your blog!

In addition to a critique of your first three chapters from J.L. Campbell, you've also won a guest post here at WEP and a short post in the IWSG newsletter. Details will be emailed to you shortly.


THE RUNNER-UP OF THE DECEMBER 2019 CHALLENGE-FOOTPRINTS is:


Congratulations, Cyndi!

Nick said:

"Heartrending and emotional. Captures so much in just a few words."

Thank you for participating in WEP with your wonderful entry! Please link the badge to your story and post it on your blog!

THE ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD FOR THE DECEMBER 2019 CHALLENGE-FOOTPRINTS is:


Congratulations, Jemi!

Nick said:

"I loved that there was something so different about this one. Great twist."

Jemi, please link the badge to your story and post it on your blog!

And now for something a little different. We pay attention to all of you, and your words touch us. We've grown especially familiar with the writing talents of our regular participants. It brings us joy to see all of you strengthen your craft through regular writing and taking feedback into account. That's what WEP is about, after all.

This month, we noted an extraordinary effort from one of our most loyal regulars. All of us commented on how strong his entry was for this month, and how much improvement he's shown in his work. We agreed that was worth remarking upon. So we created another award...


EXTRA-ORDINARY ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD



Congratulations, Christopher! Please link the badge to your story and post it to your blog!


COMMENTERS AWARD:

Thanks for the excellent commenting, considering it was December, with Christmas fast approaching. Thank you for showing respect and encouragement to all the enthusiastic writers who penned a post for the December challenge! 

The comment count was made difficult by so many using multiple monikers to comment. But our crafty Elephants Child, despite going cross eyed, did her level best to work it all out. There were some blogs which were problematic, so Elephants Child gave a free pass. 

Those who read all, or close to all, by the cutoff date on Friday 20th December -- wow, just look at this list!!

Rebecca Douglass, 
Pat Garcia,
Susan Rouchard, 
Jemi Fraser, 
Cie, 
C Lee McKenzie, 
Sonia Dogra, 
Tanya Miranda,  
Roland Clarke
Yolanda Renee
Christopher Scott
Elephants Child and
the WEP team

The Random selector chose REBECCA DOUGLASS for winner. Congratulations Rebecca, wherever in the world you are currently traveling! Please display the badge on your blog with a link to the WEP website. 



Feel free to check out the WEP 2020 Challenges page for ideas regarding the the next prompt. More details will come with the February 1st post.



Are you excited to see what 2020 has in store? I know I am!

Thank you so much for an amazing December challenge! Here's a little reminder of what's to come in the next year. We know some of you check out the CHALLENGES PAGE and plan for the year ahead.  




Laura!



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