The Ink Well Prompt #95 - Plus Weekly Challenge and Prize Announcement

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Weekly Challenge and Prize Announcement

Time for the prize announcement and new challenge!

Last week's prompt was Appearance and the skill challenge was to add conflict to your story. This community really came through with surprising, amazing stories!

Many of our writers created original, memorable stories in response to the prompt. Our selections of this week's winners and honorable mentions reflect how well writers dealt with this prompt and skill challenge.

Update! We are excited to share that in addition to our first place winner, we are awarding a second and third place. We also will be selecting honorable mentions. For second and third place we are awarding Hive Basic Income (HBI). The third place winner receives 2 HBI and the second place winner receives 3 HBI.

Here are this week's honorable mentions, all of them writing in response to the prompt and skill challenge.

Honorable Mentions

After a ride which may very well have given him whiplash, the stranger found himself in front of a high-rise. The sign, engraved in exquisite gold plating, announced that it was the headquarters of W.W. Enterprises.

All eyes turned to the tenth child of the household. The room was filled with nothing but deafening silence and Seline was already regretting ever saying those words. But she just actually found the courage to speak it after getting advice from her best friend so she was definitely not backing down.

I thought my story would be as it had been for as long as I could remember where Mother talked about my "accomplishments" throughout dinner, Father nodded and grunted at the appropriate places while I sat there dutifully speaking only when needed.

When Roberth hung up the call his mother felt proud, her son did not get carried away by the way he looked but did something more important, he focused on fulfilling his dreams, from the moment he did not let his appearance limit him he became a winner.

She was four years old when she realized there was something wrong with her. She could see children understanding each other and play together--but not her, she was born to not be able to hear on both of her ears and she realized then why her parents love her so much.

Third Place: Wins 2 HBI

When Suat saw these children coming to his shop, he first thanked god for his situation, then he examined the children. Their lips were dry from thirst, their hair was greasy from dirt, and their clothes were full of dust and mud. He felt pity. But he was not in a position to help.

Second Place: Wins 3 HBI

And then Adam completely lost his poise. His voice, only moments earlier resembling a radio announcer, was now transformed into a whining banshee. He leapt across his makeshift stage space and began to yell, ‘You were supposed to come out! You’ve ruined it! Why would you do this to me?’

And the winner of the Cheer/create a vivid story setting challenge is...@stuartcturnbull with the story The Affliction of Manfred Gottlieb. Congratulations, @stuartcturnbull. You will receive 5 Hive!

In my office he settled on a chair like a nervous bird on its perch, somehow exuding an air of restlessness while sitting stock still. I walked to the sideboard and poured a small liqueur for each of us. This was not my usual habit on a first consultation, however he seemed so agitated I hoped the alcohol would soothe him. When I handed him the drink he threw it back in one and held the glass as I have seen Catholics clutch a rosary, hoping that it may provide relief, or redemption.

Okay, let's review fiction entries from last week's prompt and launch a new one.

Stories From the Previous Week


Thank you to everyone who posted a story for last week's prompt!

This Week’s Prompt

The Ink Well is fortunate to have many members who are eager to write. It would be wise to use talent on the best story you can write so you can receive the optimal curation. Remember, Quality over Quantity.

Please Note: The Inkwell curators read many creative submissions each week. Ideally, we would comment and curate each piece. However, there are physical limitations, which include time. It may be the case that stories are submitted and are not curated. We do try to curate every piece but that may not happen.

At last, the prompt of the week!
This week's prompt is Ambition. Our skill challenge will be to work on writing character descriptions. @jayna has written a great essay about writing character descriptions. Try to create characters that people can 'see' when you write your story. Make your characters 'come alive'.

**When you write for the prompt, you don't have to use the exact word. Derive inspiration from it. Ambitions are dynamic. They give characters motivation. This can give your story a relatable quality. We all have or have had ambitions, things we wanted to do and achieved or didn't achieve.

Here are some Ambition examples to help you get started on a story. You can probably come up with much more interesting ideas of your own.

  1. All Andrew could remember was failure. It hit him in the face each morning. His youthful ambition, all those bright dreams, had somehow died.
  2. Cynthia regarded the eager faces of her young gymnastic students. Missing from those innocent eyes was the hungry ambition of more practiced athletes.
  3. Can anyone hope for success without at least a hint of ambition?
  4. Alicia was competitive. It wasn't that she wanted to beat her teammates or her competitors from other schools. She wanted to beat everyone, anyone who might possibly come against her.
  5. Arthur's ambition was modest, compared to what most people want. All he wished for was the ability to take that first step, to finally get out of his bed and walk.
  6. Naked ambition can be quite ugly when it is not tempered by grace.
  7. She yearned to bake the perfect cake, to make a confection that would be the talk of the county fair.
  8. By the look of them, sloths have no ambition. Perhaps they seem that way to a casual human, but these animals are driven to take care of their young, and to survive.
  9. Writing a three-volume history of the Industrial Revolution is an ambitious undertaking.
  10. "You are boring," Agatha shouted at Bert. "You lack insight, creativity and ambition."

A week from now, we will select a winning story that demonstrates this skill and utilizes the prompt. Of course, we will also be looking for overall quality in the winning story. Good luck!

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If you don't feel inspired by this prompt or the featured image, feel free to peruse any of our past prompts or our collection of idea-generators:

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Congratulations to the @ipexito , @lordtimoty and @stuartcturnbull All are great stories! You are amazing! 🤗🤗 and Congratulations to Honorable Mentions as well!

Thank you, my love 💓

Oh my gods!!! Thank you for choosing my entry as an Honorable Mention! It's an honor! Also, congratulations to all the winners!!!

Thank you for giving us a great story :)

Congrats to all the winners! I've been trying to finish up a children's book the last few weeks and haven't been able to sit down and work on my blog. Hoping to be able to come up with an idea for the ambition prompt this week 🤞

I personally love yours stories, @littlepiggies. Hope you do find the time, and congratulations on completing (almost) another book.

Thank you so much The Ink Well!!💕
I still can't believe i'd be part of the honorable mention🥺

Happy to see you included. You deserve it, @janesuiren

Thank you so much.

That was an amazing story, @stuartcturnbull ⭐️

Thanks for including me though I posted in teh wrong community and congrats to the winners.

Hmmm, ambition. Having none at all, I'll have to think pretty hard for this one.

Think soft and it will come to you ;)

That is exactly why you will come up with an original perspective :)

Congratulations to all the winners and honourable mentions. You guys are amazing.

Just read your story for this prompt, @marynn. Also pretty amazing :)

Thanks so much ❤️ @agmoore for this candy comment.

Congratulations to the winners and honorable mentions😁😁...

Good day, here is my entry!


Congratulations to the winners and honorable mentions. These are seven out of a group of memorable stories. Some of these touched my heart. Some tickled my funny bone. Some amazed with sheer power of writing.

Let's see what the community produces in response to this week's prompt. Is there enough ambition to create truly outstanding stories😄?

Congrats winners and honorable mentions! There were SO many great stories last week!

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Congratulations to the winners

I have a question: Can I still use the "nonfiction" tag? I am thinking of marrying a real life story with this weeks prompt.

You can use the nonfiction tag for a nonfiction piece. Please don't link the piece here though. Our nonfiction prompt this week is 'Avocation'. If your piece fits that prompt, you can link it there. However, your piece does not have to fit a prompt. It can be inspired by anything. Your idea sounds interesting. Have fun with it.

Thanks for directions. Appreciated! :)

Congratulations! To the winners of course. 😁🙃

Congrats to the winners and honorable mentions! You are all awesome. My ambition is to submit an entry for this week's prompt. Hopefully. !LUV it. 😂

Here's my first ever post on this community; im kinda anxious whether i missed some rules and mechanics, tbh. I hope it's alright.

Dear @theinkwell,
May I ask you to review and support the new HiveSQL Proposal so we can keep it free to use for the community?
You can do it on Peakd, ecency, /
or using HiveSigner

Thank you!

I'm honored you chose me 3rd. Thank you very much! As soon as I read last week's prompts, the smell of bread popped into my head and the rest came as soon as I sat down at the keyboard. This is the first time I have won an award here and I am very happy.
By the way, I would like to ask you something. What is the HBI you are awarding as a prize? I read the Hive Basic IncomeHive , but there are still some things that are not sitting still, I don't quite understand what I should do now, and I would appreciate it if you help me @theinkwell

Hello @ipexito,
We found your story moving. It's not surprising that bread inspired it:)

HBI will pop up when you make a post. It is a way of supporting bloggers consistently. You don't have to do anything. You should see in your voting stream, when you blog, an upvote from HBI. It will follow you for as long as you post on Hive. A little bit of sugar to make your blogging experience sweeter.

Looking forward to reading your next post in this community.

Thank you for the explanation. I keep going to writing stories🌸🌸🌸

Thanks so much for selecting my post for an honorable mention, I am truly amazed ♥️

Congratulations to all who made a post, we are all winners :)...

Here's my submission for this week :)

Thanks so much for everything, Inkwell team 🙌

This post has been manually curated by the VYB curation project

So, again congrats to everyone who won during last week's prompt!!!

@theinkwell this is my entry for this week's prompt:

I upvoted and commented on the entries of @fantom22 and @wrestlingdesires .

Here is my entry for this week prompt:

I engaged on the following writers work. @tozill and @lightpen

Congratulations to the winners! I really liked the stories. Now let's go with this new challenge that elevates the imagination. I will leave my participation here:

Congratulations to the winners of last week's prompt.

For this week's submission, I supported @Jemima1996 @tozill @seki1

Here is the link to my entry;

This is my entry for this 95 edition, I hope to be up to the challenge.

My support in the publications of @marynn, @iyimoga y @wrestlingdesires

Congratulations to all the winners. Here is the link to my entry

I have read and made comment on other writer's entries.

Thank you.

Guess I managed to make it this week😂😂
Here's my story @theinkwell

Here’s my late late entry
I supported wrestlingdesires and iyimoga

congratulations to the selected winners and keep up the enthusiasm for our work.