theinkwell fiction challenge | Week 3 - All Writers Welcome!

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Welcome to Week 3 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.

Have a look at the 💋💋💋💋💋 fiction in this week's Showcase.

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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 3 Prompts

Option 1: beauty
Option 2: a sorry tale

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 500 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 4 June 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!

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 Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born by Ayi Kwei Armah


This week's prompt came from the title of The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born by Ayi Kwei Armah.

What is impressive [about this book], is the way in which it expresses the disillusion and cynicism engendered in Ghana in the last years of Nkrumah, which his fall only seemed to compound ... Its desciption of the vague existential ennui of his unnamed hero recalls Sartre's La Nausee. (West Africa)

... his central story of an upright young man resisting the temptations of easy bribes and easy satisfactions and winning for his honesty nothing but scorn even from those he loves, is most vividly conveyed. (Times Literary Supplement)

A fine treatment of the theme of corruption ... the contamination wrought by poverty. (The Spectator)

Quotes from the book cover.

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Greetings, my entry to week 3 of the summer challenge. Thanks for providing this writing prompt and supporting the Hive community in this way!

thank you for your entry :)


I am happy to be able to participate in this weekly summer challenge again.

Here below I leave my entry:

I wish everyone who participates the most of success.

thank you for your entry :)

thank you for your entry :)

I've had The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born since secondary school and I never fully understood it. Hopefully I read it one of these days.

I'll be sending my story for the week soon.

Look forward to it :)

Hello! I'm joining again. :)
Here's my entry: Lady in the Woodland

thank you for your entry :)

Hello fine ladies and gents! Here's my installment for another round of the inkwell fiction challenge: All The Jewels of Heaven

thank you for your entry :)

Hello, I'm a newbie here. Here is my entry for theinkwell fiction challenge week 3.

The Beauty From Within

Thank you for your entry :)

The Ink Well does not normally accept or curate cross-posts. Please check the Rules of Entry in the Challenge post: entries must be posted in The Ink Well community.

Ok, I forgot to post it at the ink well community. I will make another post again.

There is no need on this occasion. Please remember next time.
There are many tips for new writers in The Ink Well. Links to them are included in the Challenge post.

Here's my take. Stay safe in these crazy times y'all

Thank you for your entry :)

Can I check: did you post this in The Ink Well community? I can't see it in the feed.

I thought I did? In the editor it reads "23 hours ago in #theinkwell by dirge"

Okay, I'm not sure why it is not showing in the community feed. It may be the nodes :) It has happened to another post as well. I'll keep an eye on it. Thank you for letting me know :)

Are you using The editor should look like this to publish in The Ink Well Community:
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if you use the tag "#theinkwell" only, that won't add your post to the community.
Many thanks :)

thank you for your entry :)

please check that you have used the correct tags

Thank you, I just made the changes

Thank you for your entry :)

Thank you for your entry :)

hello @iyimoga, I can not see your entry in the feed. Did you post it in The Ink Well community?

Thank you for your entry :)

Here's my entry for the third week. Hope it's not too late.

Thank you for your entry :)

Thank you for your entry.

please check the Rules of Entry - posts must be a minimum of 500 words

Thank you for your entry :)

My entry for the week.

A Nation's Reality