The Ink Well Prompt #19: Tea Time or Tee Time?


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Okay! Let's review fiction entries from last week and start a new prompt.

Stories From the Previous Week

Thank you to everyone who posted a story for last week's prompt, β€œChange," which challenged writers to craft a story centered around any meaning of the word "change" that came to mind.

Thank you to those of you wrote pieces for this writing prompt. It is always a joy to see the stories that emerge from our prompts!

Here are the week's stories. Be sure to read and support these authors for their work! We've noted the prompt stories that were showcased in The Ink Well Highlights Magazine from June 6.

This Week’s Prompt

The prompt for this week is Tea Time or Tee Time.

Here's an opportunity to get creative with the "tea" and "tee," which are "homophones" (two words that sound alike but are spelled differently and have different meanings). "Tea time," of course, means that it is time for an afternoon meal. This could be proper tea in the English fashion, with small sandwiches and scones, or just a light meal. By contrast, "tee time," means it's time to play golf.

You can choose either "tea time" or "tee time" to fuel your story, or include them both. Perhaps Aunt Cecilia announces it is tea time and Uncle Rick immediately runs off with his golf clubs. Or an elderly family member has gone missing, and when the distraught family tells the inspector it happened at tee time, he thinks "how can someone disappear while having tea?"

Where will your imagination take you? We hope you have some fun with this prompt!

Note: As always, please avoid gory, bloody, brutal, sexist or racist themes and language, as well as stories featuring abuse of women, children or animals.

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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  5. Title: The title is up to you. You can come up with any title you wish. You do not need to name it after the prompt or include the prompt word.
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