Write…Edit…Publish (WEP) is a permanent bloghop operating every second month. Check out our program for 2017 in our sidebar. Please follow us to keep abreast of what’s happening. We usually post three times between bloghops – winners’ announcements, guest posts and ideas for the up-coming bloghop. Check out our UPCOMING CHALLENGES FOR 2017 page. Please submit your name to the InLinkz list if you intend to join us for a 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.

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 WINNER OF THE
2017 WEP FEBRUARY CHALLENGE
BACK OF THE DRAWER

KALPANAA

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.

THE RUNNER UP OF THE
2017 WEP FEBRUARY BACK OF THE DRAWER CHALLENGE
IS

Laura Clipson

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

Congratulations Laura!

Please accept the Runner Up Badge
And display on your blog with a link to
 Forgotten Life .


THE ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD FOR THE
2017 WEP FEBRUARY BACK OF THE DRAWER CHALLENGE GOES TO

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
TOWNIE.


CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WINNERS
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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These #WEPFF entries at times had us crying and at other's filled with joy! @DeniseCCovey & @YolandaRenee http://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2017/02/wepwriteeditpublish-back-of-drawer.html

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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

#WEPFF – BACK OF THE DRAWER FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE – SCANDAL? LOVE? FORTUNE?


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...

BACK OF THE DRAWER!

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?






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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.
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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.

What do you think readers, are you a critical reader?
How would you like your work to be viewed?
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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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Saturday, 31 December 2016

#WEP winners - UTOPIAN DREAMS and 2017 Challenges!

Hello Everyone! Sorry for being late with the WEP round up, but let me use Christmas celebrations as an excuse. My goal was to get this post up before the New Year. As I type this, it's New Year's Eve. Only 7 hours to go...

So, here I am with the wrap up for 2016 and after consultation with Yolanda, the winners' announcement.



Thanks to all who participated during the 2016 December UTOPIAN DREAMS WEP challenge. 

And once again, we thank Olga Godim for her excellent badge for the challenge and the creativity she has shown in making the winners' badges!

The entries were wonderful and varied. This time, poetry gave flash fiction a run for its money. It was inspiring to see so many of you putting your words into verse form which contained a very powerful message. Obviously we loved writing about the idea of Utopian Dreams. There were many subliminal and explicit messages on the current state of our troubled world. I enjoyed reading more than once and I enjoyed reading the comments, too. Desk49 managed to comment in poetic form on most entries. That takes talent.

If you haven't read all the entries, and would like to, please use the DL links on the previous post.

We value each and every entry submitted to WEP, but there is the excruciating choice of choosing just one winner amongst the many of winning quality. It's always hard as you're all winners to Yolanda and myself. Nevertheless, decisions have to be made, and after much emailing between the judges, we have chosen:

  
THE WINNER OF THE
2016 WEP December UTOPIAN DREAMS CHALLENGE:

Pat Garcia



for her flash fiction, The Woman and her Dream, one woman's terrible awakening.If you haven't read it already, pop by the link in Pat's name above.

Congratulations Pat!

Pat, please accept the winner's badge and display on your blog with a link to your excellent story. 

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

THE RUNNER UP OF THE
2016 WEP – December UTOPIAN DREAMS
CHALLENGE IS:


with her extract from her memoir, which she entitled Silent Night. Her story of her childhood Christmas was interspersed with verses from the much-loved Christmas carol.


Congratulations Far Away Eyes!

Please accept the Runner Up badge and display on your blog with a link to your excellent story. 



THE ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD FOR THE
2016 WEP CHALLENGE
with her wonderful poem The Don, where the rhythm of gunshots added drama to the piece where The Don is no one man or woman, But the Utopian ideal.  


Congratulations, Sheena-kay. Please accept the badge and display it on your blog with a link to your story!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WINNERS!

Those who made the short list were:
Christopher Scott
Guilie Castillo
Roland Yeomans
LuAnn Bradley
desk49
Nancy Williams

so, you see our dilemma... 


Thanks everyone, for an exciting December at WEP!
If you didn't get a direct mention, just remember, you're all winners in our eyes!

Thank you for taking on the challenge and delighting us with your creativity! 
And special thanks to Nilanjana Bose and Olga Godim for their stellar assistance with this challenge!

Thank you to all who have participated in WEP challenges during the year. It'd be nothing without each of you.


Here is the list for 2017 Challenges. Of course, there may be slight changes...

February - Back of the Drawer
June - Bridges
August - Reunions
October - Dark Places
December - The End is the Beginning

 Meanwhile, keep writing, drawing, painting and taking those photographs!

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Happy New Year!!

From Denise, Yolanda, Olga and Nilanjana! 

See you in 2017!!

Thursday, 1 December 2016

#WEPFF – UTOPIAN DREAM CHALLENGE – THE REALITY OF A DREAM CAN SOMETIMES BE A SHOCK TO THE SYSTEM!

Hi, folks! Can you believe that another year is all but gone and the New Year is just around the corner? We all love a New Beginning. Therefore, our final challenge for the year is Utopian Dreams which encapsulates something new.

We all have dreams, the fleeting kind when we close our eyes that sometimes end up being nightmares, depending on what we've had for dinner that night or what we watched on the television that evening. For me, zombies, at times just the mention of them, are enough for a visit during the midnight hour. However, we're not talking about fleeting visions in the night.

The Utopian Dreams Challenge is all about that secret desire, something you spend valuable time daydreaming about, even talking about, and secretly planning for, i.e. that vacation, dream job, or a move across country or to a new country that you've built up in your mind to be idealistic, perfect, – Utopian.                                   
When we create the idyllic dream, we seldom see the what-if's, the downside, the unknown. Reality is rarely ideal. 

This is our challenge for you this December. This is your imagination at work. Your Utopian Dream could be just that, perfection, or it could end up with all the horrors life can throw at a person. The dream can be real or unreal as in fantasy, sci-fi, or speculative fiction. Have your dreams come true or become the nightmare no one saw coming? 

Just google Utopian Dreams, and the pictures that appear are varied, beautiful, frightening, wonderful, and truly inspiring! Try it! Just click HERE!


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 dream turned nightmare or true Utopia.

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Please note that our December Challenge and maybe future challenges have been cut down from three (3) days to just the one (1).

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#WEPFF Challenge for December Utopian Dreams. Dream come true or nightmare? @YolandaRenee @DeniseCCovey http://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2016/12/wepff-utopian-dream-challenge-reality.html

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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

#WEPFF GUEST POST - WRITING ADVICE FROM PATRICK HATT

Patrick Hatt, the winner of the WEP Halloween/Constellations Challenge volunteered, after we twisted his arm to write a guest post on Writing Advice. The Rhyme King doesn't disappoint!
Take it away Pat!

After winning, the first thing they asked me to do was work. How’s that for a prize? But is it really work? That question you’ll get a lot when it comes to writing and anyone with half a brain knows that it is. Also those in the know realize you could probably make more money robbing the nearest poor box, but you’d go to jail for that, so best to avoid it and keep writing.

Wait a moment. Aren’t I here to give advice? Wasn’t there some in there? Hmmm, I guess I will have to try harder. Maybe I’ll go with the tried and true, which I have used as well, just write. There is your advice for the day. If you want to write, just write. That is some helpful, isn’t it? I could stop right here and my work would be done. But now I’m on a roll so I’ll just write some more and show you how easy it is.

I know you are thirsty for more advice. So let’s turn our attention to marketing……… One year later I have finally come back to this post. These are the first words I’ve written in a year. Wow, isn’t marketing fun? When you learn the secret to it, could you drop me a line? I know that makes work for you but I spent a year doing it to try and give advice before returning to this post. That makes up for it, right?

Wow, and I still made the post date on time. Some time travel stuff going on right there. I’ll give you the lottery numbers for a cut of the profit. This just writing thing is sure going down many a path. Is the road to writing paved with good intentions? Or would that be good imagination? The voices in my head are still arguing about that one, so we’ll move on.

On to what? On to editing. Like how well I edited this. Don’t you see how many times I used “so” and the like. That is some stellar editing right there. Hey, at least I barely use seemed and just anymore. But it seems you just made me use them there. Twice! I’m on a roll. I used them five more times since then but I edited them out, so you’d never know. I caught myself and then spilled the beans to you. I hope such beans don’t make you toot.

What was next? Oh yes, time. Time is a fickle thing, even with time travel. You have to make time, find time, create time, have free time, lunch time, supper time, bathroom time, breakfast time, bed time…Where was I? Oh yes. You need the time to just write. How can you get that? Plan ahead like the cat. Just write like him. Just do it like Nike says. Write at work like her. Don’t sleep like them. Play hooky like they. The dreaded they must really be in the know. After all, they get blamed for everything.

I bet by now you think I’m a nut, if you didn’t realize that before this. Do you hear me disagreeing with you? Nope. Do you hear me telling you what to do? Nope. Because I’m typing this so you can’t hear me and I can’t hear you. Just saying. Why is that? If I must, I shall quote the cat.

Pfffffffffffft is the only real advice I will give. Why? Because like everything else out there, people are different. Have different likes, dislikes, lives, etc. So why does anyone think one writing style or way to do it fits all? You do what is best for you. Take all the tips and advice and the like and mold them to your writing style and life. Don’t worry that a rhyming cat posts every day or a person has 50 novels while you have 2. Do what you can do and damn the rest. Why? Because then you will enjoy it more and want to keep on keeping on. If you keep comparing yourself to others, you’ll never get to where you want to be for you and you may get discouraged easier and quit. You want to write, so use the “just write” advice, but just write how and what works for you. That way you will truly do what needs to be done, which is, keep on keeping on. And that is the best advice I can give for anything in life. No matter the crap, you have to push through and do what is best for you.

I could keep on keeping on but I ranted enough. So I will end this with far less class and go out saying I hope you keep on keeping on like my little rhyming ass.


Enjoy life, forget the strife.
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Thank you, Pat, 
Great advice. I'm still smiling!

You can follow Pat's humorous musings on his Blog It's Rhyme Time 

If you're curious about the December Challenge

here's a hint!


Please note that due to the holiday's early posting is fine. 
But our goal is to change all challenges to a one day posting schedule.

Sign Up on December 1st

Post no later than December 21st!

The Utopian Dreams Challenge is all about that secret desire, something you spend valuable time daydreaming about, even talking about, and secretly planning for, i.e. that vacation, dream job, or a move across country or to a new country that you've built up in your mind to be idealistic, perfect, – Utopian.   
                                
When we create the idyllic dream, we seldom see the what-if's, the downside, the unknown. Reality is rarely ideal. 

Want to know more? CLICK HERE!


Please help spread the word for our December challenges. Copy and paste the badges onto your blogs. Share via social media. Encourage your writer friends to take part.

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A WEP Flash Fiction Challenge - the prompt is Utopian Dreams @DeniseCCovey & @YolandaRenee http://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2016/11/wepff-guest-post-writing-advice-from.html #WEPFF

What's your Utopian Dream? It comes true - is it a dream or a nightmare? @DeniseCCovey & @YolandaRenee http://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2016/11/wepff-guest-post-writing-advice-from.html #WEPFF