HOW YEAH WRITE WORKS
Welcome to Yeah Write! We’re so appreciative of your follow, and hope you’re psyched as we are that you’ve become a part of our
little big family!
Yeah Write aims to help any creative writer who is hoping to improve their writing skills, whether it’s an after-work hobby or a serious professional ambition. Most importantly, any and every type of creative writer is welcome. The writing world can be very pretentious, competitive, and exclusive; Yeah Write aims to be relaxed, nonjudgmental, and fun!
Some basic facts:
- Yeah Write! was created in December of 2010
- Even though the URL is yeahwriters.tumblr.com, the blog is called “Yeah Write!” (yeahwrite.tumblr.com has always been taken, even though there’s nothing posted there. So annoying!)
- yeahwriters.tumblr.com and yeahwrite.net go to the same place
- It’s run by one person
- When this was published there were 30,649 followers
So, here’s our sternly worded list of things that we really want our new followers to know about, haha:
- Pleeeease look at the flowchart on our ask page (yeahwriters.tumblr.com/ask2) before sending an ask. There’s a very good chance that your question is answered on our FAQ, Submit, or Advice pages (more on these below).
- Please don’t send us an ask in the fanmail format.
- The directions on how to submit everything, from a story to a workshopper app to a prompt to a promo, are directly on our Submit page (yeahwriters.tumblr.com/submit).
- We do not publish the text of works that are pasted into our submission box. You must publish the text on your own blog and then send us a link to where it’s hosted there. More on that is detailed on the Submit page.
- Yeah Write does not critique individuals’ works. With the volume of followers we have, that’d just be impossible. This is why we’ve set up our Workshopper network (more on that below).
(^I hate having to write this type of stuff, but it’s just necessary so that everything can run smoothly! I promise we’re mostly a friendly blog!)
Now for the fun stuff!
Yeah Write can be as interactive as you want it to be. Below is a list of all our features, in the order in which they’re linked on the left side of our home page.
yeahwriters.tumblr.com/tagged/prompt (All of the prompts)
yeahwriters.tumblr.com/prompts (Prompts listed by category)
The central tenant of Yeah Write is the daily writing prompts. Every other day the prompt is made up by the moderator (Livia), and every other day the prompt is user-submitted.
We love when followers submit their own ideas for prompts! Plus, I think it’s really cool to see how different people interpret your idea for a story. So please, share your writing prompt ideas with us! You just have to make sure you format your prompt idea submission correctly (it saves Yeah Write oodles of time). Directions on how to submit a prompt idea are directly on the Submit page under “Prompt Idea Submissions”.
If you write a story based on a prompt, you can post it to your own Tumblr and then submit a link to YW, to be added directly to the original prompt post (please note that this is the only way in which we accept creative writing submissions… learn more on our FAQ page). That way, other followers can look at a prompt and see all of the different interpretations in one place (for an example of a prompt with a few submissions, click here).
Directions on how to submit a work that is based on a prompt are also right on the Submit under “Story Submissions” (we also take poetry, nonfiction, scripts, etc).
Following the submission guidelines is important because it allows you to have your work shared and makes things faster for Livia so that she can stay up to date with running the blog and sharing your ideas.
Plus, we have A TON OF TOPICS THERE! There’s stuff about writing, of course, but there’s also tips on everything from getting an internship to sharing your work to not feeling weird if you’re a writer. There are also categories for poets and those who write nonfiction. There are lists of genres, instructions on how to write sex scenes, resources for building race… don’t just go there looking for something specific; go there if you just want to learn something new about writing, or see your own writing in a new light!
But it’s also important to check the advice page before sending us an ask. Not only does it not make a bunch of sense to ask a question that’s already been answered, but topics on the Advice page have been opened up to all 30,000+ of Yeah Write’s followers, so you’ll get a lot more input than from just the moderator.
Workshoppers are other Tumblr users who are willing to give feedback on your work. There are descriptions next to their URL relating to what they’re interested in reading and what they’re good at editing.
If you want to become a workshopper, hooray and thank you! There are directions on how to do so directly on the Submit page.
These are literary magazines that are currently accepting submissions. Some are print, others are web-only, some are both.
If you run or know of a lit mag that you think should be added to this list, please Submit it to us!
These are other community blogs and websites that are complimentary and supplemental to Yeah Write.
We actually just wiped our Friends list clean to start fresh, so if you run or know of a blog that you think should be added to this list, please Submit it to us!
(No personal writing blogs, please!)
The Yeah Write Review is YW’s own literary magazine that start in the fall of 2012. The magazine comes out every 3 months and is available both in print and as a PDF. The dedicated Tumblr will tell you what submissions are currently open, outline the submission guidelines, and so on. We’re currently in production on our third issue.
All of the information in this post is published on the About page, if you ever want to review it.
The FAQ page is pretty self-explanatory.
“Submission Guidelines” is also the Submit page.
PHEW. Okay, that’s it! Yay thank you to all followers, old and new!!
(aka, Why Livia is Sorta Kinda Qualified to Run This Blog)
You can see Livia’s writing, publication history, and resume at www.livianelson.com.
Okay. That’s enough third person.
So I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2012 with a degree in English Literature and German Literature. I also minored in Creative Writing, and was accepted to UNC’s Year-Long Honors Thesis in Creative Fiction Course in the Fall of 2011, but I left after the first semester to finish school in London, figuring adventure would better benefit my writing than another semester of the same class (it did!).
In the summer of 2011 I interned at Market Partners International, Publishing Trends, and Publishing Trendsetter (3 projects housed in one office in Midtown Manhattan), where I worked in close proximity with publishing bigwigs-turned-consultants, helped prepare a well-respected publishing industry monthly periodical, and participated in the launch of a new blog/website aimed at young people in the publishing business.
In November 2012 I participated in (and won!) my first NaNoWriMo.
I now live and work in New York City, and am amped to connect with the ridiculous amount of writers and thinkers in this amazing city.
I also have a huge passion for all things reading and writing, which I think is as good a credential as any.
^ME WITH SUM BOOKZ