theinkwell fiction challenge | Week 7 - All Writers Welcome!

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Welcome to Week 7 of The Ink Well's Summer Fiction Challenge!

Yes, we're halfway through the Summer Fiction Challenge, time to jazz things up a bit! Are you ready?

This week, there is a special Challenge to help you take your stories to the next level. The Challenge will focus on the narrative arc of your story, using the three act plotting structure.

Don't forget to check the Rules of Entry - there are some extra conditions this week!

Here are two The Ink Well posts and a video to help you:

The Magic Starts at the Beginning and
What is a Story Arc?

In the video, The Media Insider explains that narrative is about how a story is told rather than what is told. In the examples in the video (and what we will be looking for in your stories) each story has a beginning, a middle and an end - sometimes known as the first, second and third acts.

And here are two posts that were written to respond to The Magic Starts at the Beginning using the three act structure - you might recognise the authors!

Time Heals All
Overheard on a Salt Marsh

Your stories this week will be longer - probably between 1,000 and 1,500 words - in order to complete the three act story arc.

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 in a Show Case Post in future weeks.

Entries that meet the criteria will also be curated for a curie vote.
The 500HP delegation and The Showcase Post will be announced 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 7 Prompts

Option 1: invisible
Option 2: you never can tell

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 750 words.
  • use the three act narrative arc for your story.
  • 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 2 July 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, What is Your Major Malfunction? and Character Types in Fiction
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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thank you for your entry :)

Here is my entry, thanks.
I messed up and published it to my blog. oops.

@marciabon: this is the fiction challenge.
The poetry challenge will be different this week. Watch out for the Challenge post.

Excuse me, but the post really confuses me. He was reading and I went to the link and he says that for this week for poetry the word was invisible.

Yes: the word is invisible for the fiction challenge.

We have changed the poetry challenge this week. It will be published later.

I am sorry you were confused.

Ok. I like to participate in your challenges. I will be pending.

This one is very interesting I can't lie.

This was a busy week for me, and the three story arc thing was a difficult rule to follow...
All the same, here's my take on the prompts for Week 7
I think I managed to beat the deadline by the odd hour. Whoops!