Write…Edit…Publish (WEP) is a permanent bloghop posting every second month. Check out our program for 2017 in our sidebar and Pages above. 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.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

#WEPFF Write…Edit…Publish – BRIDGES Winners for June 2017

            This prompt brought a varied selection of entries but each one was a pleasant surprise and a joy to read. Thank you to all the participants for tackling the challenge and making it one of the most inspiring for the year. I know, we say that after every challenge, but it’s the truth, each challenge brings a new inspiration, a new discovery, and sometimes a whole new direction to my own writing. I hope you achieve the same dynamic with your writing.






Congratulations Deborah

In The Final Transition, Sarah discovers that a bridge could be a gateway to a new existence.

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Congratulations Pat!

In The Bridge of Hope, a woman chooses not to cross a bridge of callousness instead she reclaims her soul.

Pat, please accept the Runner Up Badge

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The Bridge of Hope!






Congratulations, Michael.

Invisible Bridges reminds us all that the journey is ever changing and faith is a huge factor.

Michael, please accept the badge and display it on your blog with a link to
Invisible Bridges.


Picking only three is near impossible when so many of the entries were magnificent left us with a list of honorable mentions!

Delorah’s - Aaron

LG Keltner’s – The Bridge to Home

J Lenni Dorner’s – Double Poem

Olga Godim’s – Golden Fish

and on and on!

Thank you, everyone, for an amazing challenge!

And thanks again to Nilanjana for the excellent prompt and Olga Godim for the prompt badge and the winners' badges. 

Now let's start that muse working on the

August Challenge!



Families separated by a multitude of reasons-- ill feelings, separation at birth, kidnapping -- many reasons for such, or a holiday reunion lends itself to a fantasy reunion that can be heartbreaking for its reality.

Happy Writing!

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Thursday, 1 June 2017

Write...Edit...Publish - June Challenge - BRIDGES

Welcome to the Write…Edit…Publish June 2017 Challenge

This is one prompt that can take you anywhere – just follow your imagination – maybe you’ll even come to a very unique bridge during your journey. Is it guarded by trolls, or tolls? Does it provide a journey to another dimension or complete understanding / truth!

Water under the bridge? Or maybe a setting, or an overture after a breach, or just the word inserted somewhere into your writing/images.



Image result for bridge over the river kwai imagesPrisoners of war building a bridge, thinking of loved ones, inspiration to survive...movies: Bridge over the River Kwai, The Railwayman. Novels: The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan, the Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller...

Explorers building a bridge to an unexplored site…

Engineers building a bridge that collapses...

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Building bridges after a feud

Water under the bridge--let bygones be bygones

If you’re still looking for inspiration read our last winners' guest post. Dolorah on Bridges

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017


Thanks for coming by!

Today, our winner for the WEP Peace and Love challenge, Dolorah, is using her guest post to educate us some more on 'bridges.' It is an entertaining post, so I hope you enjoy it and that is sparks something for the June BRIDGES challenge.

When I think of bridges, I almost always think of literary bridges. Probably because I'm a bit intimidated by physical bridges. I love them of course, in pictures and paintings. Or staring at them across a river bank They are majestic, a feat of engineering beauty. I love looking at art with bridges and tunnels; I like jig saw puzzles and bridges are my favorites to assemble, and I'm even hoping to erect a foot-bridge in my yard across a drainage ditch. But I have to admit that many times in my adult life, especially at night, I've traveled as much as five minutes out of my way to avoid a bridge or tunnel.

I know this is an irrational fear. I am not afraid of trolls collecting their fees (I'm actually comforted by the toll booths erected at mid point); I am not swayed by billy goats offering fatter byways for passage; and I'm not worried that the physical structures are fragile and doomed to fall into the depths of non-existence.

Perhaps my irrational fear of bridges has more to do with my dislike of tight places, and height. Bridges are high above empty spaces, and are closely confined. No matter how long or wide or tall, there is no flexibility of movement. Once you enter the confines, there is no turning back, or veering off to the side for a quick exit. Perhaps this is why bridges collect spirits or ghosts; the victims felt confined in life, and thus are unable to move on after death.

In the literary or metaphorical sense, a bridge can be described as a crossing, a connection, a transition, or a passage spanning two concepts. In terms of crafting a plot, it could be the transition between the crux (the culmination of all the disjointed threads) and the end. That point where the tension is so intense the reader has to read on to see if their conclusions are accurate, despite kids needing to be picked up from school, the husband demanding dinner, the need to pee, or the boss calling to see why you're late for work.

By design, bridges are a mid-point, a transition; but do not always have to be "the middle" in writing. For instance, a literary bridge for a character could be an "aha" moment in the first few scenes where they recognize who/what they are isn't working in their life, and a change must be made. A catalyst (monumental event) could also be a bridge: say a friend asks for advice and the woman realizes the advice she gives could also apply to her own life, so she takes her own advice and makes a life changing decision. The story itself is that life transition, but the bridge is the moment of recognition.

Or a middle aged man dreams of a tryst with a younger woman, yet when faced with the opportunity he envisions his daughter’s face and this revelation reconnects him to his wife through a series of romantic gestures. The story is how he recaptures his waning relationship; the bridge is the moment he realizes he needs to change. Regardless of the genre, each scene is a bridge to the next scene, all connected to the chapter plot, and each chapter is another connection to the overall story plot.

Academics, finances, relationships, children, career opportunities; all can be bridges or passages into new experiences, or just to cement an ambiguous decision. In writing, the transitions and passages are as limitless as the author's imagination.

My own "bridge" into the writing world came at a very low point in my life. I had lost a job, was in dire straits, and began to write a story just to fill my time. It eased my stress. I enjoyed writing so much that I continued even after I obtained employment.The blogging/writing community has been a bridge of sorts to me; it allows me to meet other authors, I've gained resources and education, learned techniques from a variety of writing teachers and peers, and honed my craft enough to become published in several anthologies. And, to win the coveted prize in WEP.

Regardless of how you view a BRIDGE - as a physical edifice spanning the distance over a chasm, or as a metaphorical transition between two emotional states - there is no denying that writing that story will bridge the distance between Author and Reader.

Thank you Denise and Yolanda for allowing me to take over the blog today.

And here is a promo for our BRIDGES challenge taken from the UP-COMING CHALLENGES FOR 2017 PAGE ABOVE.

June:   Bridges

Water under the bridge? Or interpret this prompt as a setting, or as an overture after a breach, or just the word inserted somewhere into your writing/images.



Prisoners of war building a bridge, thinking of loved ones, inspiration to survive...Bridge over the River Kwai, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, the Bridges of Madison County...

Explorers building a bridge to an unexplored site…

Engineers building a bridge that collapses...


Building bridges after a feud

Water under the bridge--let bygones be bygones

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Friday, 28 April 2017

WEP…Write…Edit…Publish –PEACE and LOVE WINNERS for April 2017

What an wonderfully extending challenge. The entries were outstanding as always and quite varied due to the openness of the prompt.  However, this time it was easier to achieve consensus, as Yolanda and I came up with the same top three! That's progress! It usually takes several emails then a check around for other opinions.

Kudos to Olga Godim, our badge designer, and Nilanjana Bose, our prompt guru! PEACE and LOVE was inspiring.


GOING HOME – A wonderful flash which was not too whimsical, too serious or too abstract. Full of alliteration which Dolorah introduced from the first line: "Please pay the piper at the end of the pier." And the haunting bagpipes playing Going Home was a great way to intensify the reading experience. As one commenter said: 'dreamy...'
Congratulations Dolorah
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Where can you find Peace was gripping, as Roland is wont to be. A timely post on the difficulty of achieving peace in our world today. For me, the touching scene of the grandmother holding her grandchild as they drowned had a huge impact. 

Congratulations Roland!

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Where can you find Peace?


Laura Clipson

PEACE AND LOVE – A powerful tale where the heroine sacrifices her life for her friends, a great flash. Makes us question ourselves--how far would we go to bring peace?

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Let's face it, you're all on our shortlist this time.
But we must give an honorable mention to Pat Garcia for her "The If of Peace and Love". Pat always makes us think deeply with her enchanting way with words. A thoughtful poem with a theme of the sacredness of respect amongst all creation.

And we must again acknowledge the poem Peace and Love by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
“Despair and hope may meet within one heart.”

Thanks, everyone, for joining us in April. We love each and every one of you. Can't wait for the next challenge in June, Bridges.
Water under the bridge? Or interpret this prompt as a setting, or as an overture after a breach, or just the word inserted somewhere into your writing/images. 
Go to our Challenges Page above to read more on this prompt.

See you then, but be sure to return for the winner’s guest post!

BREAKING NEWS! Yolanda begins her blog tour to promote her Prequel to the Detective Quaid series...The Snowman. I'm hosting her on my blog on May 3. Here are all the appearances by our dear co-host.  I know she'd appreciate a visit.

May 1 – Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit – Author Guest Post
May 2 – Romance Under Fire – Review & Excerpt
May 3 –  Denise Covey – Review & Author Guest Post
Random Thoughts – Excerpt

May 4 – The Silver Dagger Scriptorium – Excerpt & Author Guest Post

May 5  Julie Flanders, Writer – Excerpt

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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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