Monday 31 July 2023

#WEP August Challenge "#CHOCOLAT" - post August 16 - 18

Welcome to August's WEP CHALLENGE!

CHOCOLAT (Aug 16-18, 2023)

Hello! It's Sonia here, along with my co-host Denise, and we're excited for the August Challenge! This month's prompt is "Chocolat" based on the iconic movie title/poster. Before we get into the challenge, I'd just like to clear up a small point. The WEP Challenges are to flex the writing muscles and to enjoy the process. Please note,

None of our prompts require any prior awareness or deep knowledge of the film

We are a diverse community spread across the world, from Australia right round to America. The primary thing that binds us together is NOT any specialist knowledge of movies, art or books, but our love for writing. That's what we get together here to celebrate and to nurture and support. You don't have to be published or perfect (heck, who is?!) to write with us at WEP. All you need is love.  For writing.

WEP is open to all levels of writing - from newbie right through to published authors. Many published authors got their start by writing to WEP prompts. 

This year, our prompts happen to be based on movies but  I'll  say it again -

You don't have to know any background, nor watch the movie, nor write to that specific genre or plot. 

All you need to do is to bring your imagination and a writing device. Look at the title, look at the poster if you like and run with whatever element inspires you.  The suggestions are just that - suggestions. We're uber happy for you to ignore them and come up with your own interpretations.

   "Chocolat"+ YOU is all that's needed.  

We look forward to where this Challenge takes all of us!


The Story:

Set in a 1950s French village, during Lent, and based on a novel of the same name (author- Joanne Harris), Chocolat is the story of a "pagan" heroine Vianne and her battle against a repressive mayor Reynaud, who encapsulates the fear of change. No prizes for guessing the winner here, friends. It's the time of Chocolat!

But hey, we can put this story right behind us and allow the imagination to run wild!

The Possibilities:

Chocolat has many possible interpretations - base your flash on the confection itself, a chocolate shop, a café, a 1950's setting, France or French cuisine, a suspected witch, a character with magical powers/recipes, a romance between two disparate or the outsider versus insiders theme, settlers versus nomads, prejudice, morality, hedonism, entrepreneurship, Lent, Easter and resurrection - or spring festivals from other parts of the world. So many ways to go and get creative!

As always, over to you.

Go HERE to our Challenges 2023 Page to read about ALL our prompts for the year!

Post - August 16 - 18 2023


 CRITIQUE PRIZE - 10k word critique

From Christine Rains

Christine says:
I am a writer, blogger and geek mom. I write paranormal romance and urban fantasy. I love a dark and gritty story. I have four degrees which don't help at all with motherhood, but make me a great Jeopardy player. Member of S.C.I.F.I and Untethered Realms.

Christine has four novels and several short stories and novellas published.

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Submissions close on or before the end of December ‘23. So get your thinking caps on!

Nila is in charge of bringing this baby home. She has produced an Anthology Page. Check it our HERE.

All challenge winners are automatically invited to submit.

Anyone involved in WEP in the past is invited to submit.

You are invited to submit a flash fiction piece of between 500 words min - 1,000 words max to our upcoming anthology. This will be a work of prose fiction – no poetry, although a poem may be included within your predominately prose story.

All stories submitted will be written to the theme of  Gone!  Gone! Gone! Check the new Anthology Page to have your questions about the theme answered.

We aim to publish a high-quality eBook and print book. If your entry is accepted, you will be asked to perform further self-edits and the editorial team will do any final editing. WEP's raison d'etre is to improve writing, so the writing must be well edited and excellent overall. 

Don't forget to go to the new Anthology Page to read the full details!



 And... hello again! On behalf of the team, Denise & Sonia here.

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In the face of a terrifying and seemingly unstoppable adversary, Harica wrestles with the decision to come to terms with the dark side of her gift. Will she take ownership of it or turn her back on it forever?


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Wishing you a fabulous August
Bring on the entries!


Our next movie prompt is for October. How about this? 
It will be hosted by our very own much beloved horror queen, Yolanda Renee. Go HERE for ideas ...

Post - October 18 to 20, 2023


Denise & Sonia for the team:


  1. We at WEP have high hopes for the Chocolat prompt. The team loves it, how could you not? Please get those thinking caps on and write for us! And we'd be delighted to know if you intend to submit to our very first anthology.

  2. Nilanjana Bose commented on "SUBMIT TO WEP's FIRST ANTHOLOGY - RELEASE IN 2024"
    Aug 2, 2023
    Thank you! We have our first submissions! So excited to be part of this!

  3. Sonia, Denise! Kudos, this is such a beautiful and informative post. And how awesome - entries for the anthology, Congratulations, Nila.
    Just a hint, consuming chocolate while writing for this challenge - soooo.... inspiring!!! :)

    1. We're all relishing the thought!

    2. Thank you, Yolanda! We look forward to reading some awesome entries.

  4. You sure know how to entice a woman. Thanks for dropping by so that I can munch on this. I saw the movie, Chocolat, and it was, in one word, hot!

    1. Yes it was delish! I'm hoping we get some sweet, maybe hot stories for this challenge! Nice to hear from you again. Was deja vu when I saw your name somewhere!

  5. I'm intrigued...and I really should be writing more...

    1. You're most welcome to write here, Elizabeth. What a sweet topic!

  6. I've posted my links as I won't get to my laptop in the next 2 days.

  7. Sorry I'm late to the party - just realized it was Wednesday! :)

    1. Happy to see you, Jemi. Excited to read your piece.

  8. Hello. I posted my contribution late, but I'm having trouble adding my link.

    Also, I'm looking forward to attempting an entry into the anthology. I miss steady writing and this looks intriguing. I'll read all the other participants to this prompt by the end of the weekend.

    Thanks for the writing opportunity,.

    1. Hello! Welcome to the WEP and thank you for participating. I've added your link here and we look forward to reading you here, as well as for the anthology.

  9. I wasn't able to comment on Roland Clarke's post. I love how his story incorporates the horrors of war with the joys of everyday life, depicting a brave populace making the best of a difficult situation.

    1. I love what Roland is doing with the prompts. As you rightly said, his story incorporates the horrors of war with simple everyday joys.

  10. WordPress blogs don't like me tonight. This was my response to Shilpe Gupta's post:
    I like the have and have not contrasts. The story said a lot in a few words. However, at least in first-world countries, many larger people are food-insecure while svelte well-to-do individuals able to afford gym memberships and personal trainers are more likely to be the ones savoring a decadent dessert. As someone who has suffered a lot of bias because of my size, I am not comfortable with the depiction of fat people as gluttons.

  11. I thought I'd broken the curse, but then I was unable to comment on Pat Garcia's post. She gave us a powerful story and history lesson all in one.

    1. So sorry about Wordpress acting weird. Thank you for sharing your valuable comments here.

  12. Huge thanks to all the contributors. I think I have read and commented on every post - and thoroughly enjoyed myself. If I have missed anyone, please let me know.

  13. I was cruising smooth with the commenting, but I hit a pothole when I came to Bernadette Braganza's blog. Here are my thoughts about her story.
    I always like those little chocolate coins that get put in Christmas stockings. These days I'd be content with those. And some money. ;-)

  14. Another one of those potholes when commenting on Sonia Droga's blog.
    I think anyone who has ever helped care for an aging, infirm parent knows the feeling of that twist at the end of the poem. My own father went from being a professor of literature and humanities to a terrified soul with the cognitive abilities of a three-year-old thanks to his vascular dementia.

    1. Thank you for reading. Sorry about your dad. As children, it's always a tough battle.


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