theinkwell fiction challenge | Week 2 - All Writers Welcome!

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THIS CHALLENGE HAS CLOSED NOW

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Welcome to Week 2 of The Ink Well's Summer Fiction Challenge. Each week you will be offered two prompts to start your creativity - you can use either prompt or both; you can include them in your story or use them to get your thoughts going and see where they take you ... and never mention the prompts in your writing at all!

Everyone who meets the Rules for Entry will:

  • Receive 100% upvote from The Ink Well.
  • Be included in the draw for 500HP delegation for 7 days.
  • Have a chance to be a Show Case Post in future weeks.

Entries that meet the criteria will also be curated for a curie and an ocd vote.
The 500HP delegation and The Showcase Post will be announced seven days after this post pays out.

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How To Enter The Challenge

The Ink Well is about encouraging high quality creative writing from story tellers. The challenge is open to everyone, whether you are an experienced writer or just starting your writing journey. Every week, there will be two fresh prompts to help you develop your writing skills.

Week 2 Prompts

Option 1: ghost
Option 2: the day the rains came

You can use either prompt - or both - to create a story. You can include the prompt in your story, or use it as a jumping off point for your ideas.
The Poetry Challenge has the same prompts as the Fiction Challenge each week.
See all the prompts for the Summer Season.

What You Need To Do

  • using the prompts, write a story that has a minimum of 350 words.
  • post it in The Ink Well Community.
  • use the title format: "theinkwell fiction challenge | title of your story".
  • include the tags: #theinkwell #challenge #story.
  • post a link in the comments of this post.

Remember, original work only - no plagiarism or re-posts!
The deadline is when this post pays out on Thursday 28 May 2020.

What We Are Looking For

The vision for The Ink Well is all about encouraging and rewarding high quality creative writing on Hive. We know that everyone has to start somewhere, and that your writing skills improve the more you write.

To help you develop those skills, we've set out some categories that you will want to think about for your story. We've included some links to writing tips to help you. If you get stuck, have a look at these tips: Writing From A Prompt, Put It On The Page and Writing What You Know.

Last but not least, don't forget about Adding Conflict!

CategoryExplanation
SettingTime and place the story is set and whether this affects the story. Tips to help you: How Writing Fiction is Like Weaving.
Plot and structureWhat are the essential plot points? Does the story incorporate conflict, climax and resolution? Is it linear, chronological or does it move around? Are there themes? Is it believable? Tips to help you: What is a Story Arc? and The Magic Starts at the Beginning.
CharactersHow are characters drawn in the story? What is their role in the story? Do they change or remain the same? Are they fresh and original or stereotypical? Are they believable? Tips to help you: Bad Habits and What is Your Major Malfunction?
StyleThe writer's use of language, imagery and tone (eg is it ironic, humourous, tender or dramatic?) Tips to help you: Is Show Don't Tell A Writing Rule? and Avoiding the Dreaded Info Dump.
PresentationDoes the presentation and formating enhance the writing? Is the word count appropriate for the story? How does the writer use grammar and spelling? Is their use consistent?

Any Questions?

If you have any questions, put them in a comment below.

Before We Go

Don't forget to read other people's entries and leave them a comment. The Ink Well will be searching for and tipping good comments!

We're looking forward to reading your stories!

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The Dilemma of A Ghost by Ama Ata Aidoo

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Source

This week's prompt came from the title of The Dilemma of A Ghost by Ama Ata Aidoo.

When Ato returns to Ghana from his studies in North America he brings with him a sophisticated black American wife. But their hopes of a happy marriage and of combining the 'sweetness and loveliest things in Africa and America' are soon shown to have been built on an unstable foundation.
(from the book cover)

This witty and perceptive social drama is a sympathetic and honest exploration of the conflicts between the individualism of westernised culture and the social traditions of Africa. The play has been performed throughout the world. (Source)

Ama Ata Aidoo is Ghana's foremost playwright, poet and novelist, and has published many works. She has held distinguished appointments in Ghana and the USA and is currently Executive Director of Mbaasem, a foundation to support African women writers and their work. (Source)

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Can the prompt be included in the title?

Yes, it can :)

Great initiative as always and bringing creative stories in this space is building a new world and community around it.

Thank you :)

Thank you for your entry :)

Thank you for your entry :)

Thank you for your entry :)

  ·  2 months ago (edited)

Thank you for your entry :)

Here's my week 2 entry :)

TheInkWell Fiction Challenge | Her Ghost

Thank you for your entry :)

It has been a long time since I last wrote a fiction story. I enjoyed every moment of it. Here's my entry.
Ashes and Tears

Thank you for your entry :)

Glad you enjoyed it!

Nice.

This is just the thing I need to revived my writing career.

Looking forward to participating in this.

Great - look forward to your entry :)

Thank you for your entry

Thank you for your entry

Hello. Here is my take

Thank you for your entry

Thank you for your entry

Thank you for your entry!

Here's my entry for the inkwell challenge- week 2: THE DOLL

Thank you for the challenge, @theinkwell

I came aboard STEEM in January 2020, but how come I came to discover The Ink Well only now is one of the mysteries of quarantined life. 😀 Hope I can catch up to this fiction challenge...

You still have time for this week: the challenge is open until 9.30am UTC +1 on Thursday ... and then a new challenge will be published :)

Look forward to your entry :)

Hopefully, I get to finish a story bu then. If not, the next one, for sure. Thanks.

thank you for your entry :)

thank you for your entry :)

thank you for your entry :)