Writer’s Ink Challenge

I don’t talk about my writing life too much because I’m not sure if it would be boring. πŸ˜› Before I talk more about Writer’s Ink Challenge, I wanted to share some great news! I won the #SpreadSmiles positivity contest with my short writing piece, Positivity: We Never Know Which Lives We Influence. You can read more about it on The Results to the Contest post.

Sasha @TheStylishDreamer said, “As soon as the Judges and I read her post, we all instantly loved it and I think it just spreads smiles and positivity in the most lovely way. I love Ipuna’s writing style as well! And not only is Ipuna’s Story AMAZING but she is a lovely person too!”

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I just wanted to share positivity (kudos to The Stylish Dreamer for #SpreadingSmiles), but as a writer, there is no greater reward than knowing that my words impacted another person. I’m thrilled and speechless.

Writer’s Ink Challenge

Back to the post at hand. I’m grateful that I was tagged in the Writer’s Ink Challenge by Mahriya @MyBookishLife. It gives me an opportunity to reflect on my writer’s life. I’m a little slow responding back to Mahriya. Sorry about that! Side note: Mahriya is a talented web designer. She designed my blog. If you are interested in making your blog “pretty,” visit her.


Thank your nominator
Answer at least 8 questions about writing
Nominate at least 5 people


When did you first start writing? Have you written a novel before?

I started writing in the womb. My first word was “book.” πŸ˜‚

I was a late bloomer. I was a complete math and science person. I liked math especially because there was no gray. The answer is right or wrong. In writing, there is a lot of subjectivity. I did well in English, depending on the opinion of my teachers. I didn’t like this so much. I was crazy and received my PhD in Nursing. I had no choice but to love writing! That’s all you do in a PhD program. Write. Write. Write! (and revise and write some more) I think my PhD program made me a little insane. I longed for great books and places to escape outside of dry research jargon. I started to read more in my second year in my PhD program (2012). Then, my imagination went wild, and I had to get it on paper. I started a book in August 2012 and finished it in December 2012. The first draft was horrible, but I finished a book! I have never been so passionate about something as I have been with writing fiction YA. I think it’s because it incorporates all aspects of my life. I use my experiences in my personal life and working as a nurse to escape into fiction with meaning.

I have written two novels. I had a literary agent, but it did not work out. πŸ˜• I’m in the process of finding a new one.

Have you always been interested in writing?

I believe I answered this question with the first one. I have always been an avid reader. I took a creative writing class in 2009 at a community college. I was too intimidated to pursue writing a book at that time. My PhD program gave me confidence and made me insane enough to want to write a book.

Why do you like writing?Β 

I love using my brain. πŸ˜› Writing requires me to use many areas of my brain that I didn’t know existed. Sometimes my brain hurts. (You know like a good work out. Yeah! πŸ’ͺ) I can use my rough personal childhood, my strive to overcome many odds in life, and my experiences as a Pediatric Intensive Care Nurse, teacher, and researcher, and jumble it all together into a crazy fiction piece. I reach into the deepest part of my soul to pull out words.

What genre do you write in?Β 

YA. I like contemporary with a little bit of magic. Magical realism? Maybe that’s my thing.

Who or what motivates you to write?

Reading other books and my personal life experiences motive me to write.

Do you write poetry?

I did have a poem in high school called, Who Am I, that one of my high school English teachers helped published in some little book. It talked about my confusion as a teen born in the USA but having Korean and Puerto Rican descent and speaking neither language. I felt a little confused about my identity. I’ll dig it up someday. Otherwise, I don’t normally write poetry.

Are you part of any writing blogs?Β 

Nope. πŸ˜• I do participate in a private group Your Best Self with many talented and positive bloggers.

How do you write your stories (first person, third person)?Β  Do you plot?

I love first person present or first person past. These are my favorite writing styles when I read too. I have to have an idea of where my story is going in the beginning, middle, and end, but I can’t plot out every little detail. This has gotten me in trouble before. I also like to run and think about my characters and scenes in my head. When I get back home, I quickly jot down any ideas that came to me.

Thanks for reading!

I challenge… (You can answer the same questions I did or make up your own.)

  1. Sonyo @ Lil Pick Me Up
  2. Kiran @ Kiran Mag
  3. Britters @ Explicit with Britters
  4. Ajibola @ Ajibola Sunday
  5. T @ Tenacity T Goddess
  6. Altea Addison @ Addison is Writing
  7. Michael Fedison @ Eye Dancers
  8. May Everly @ Forever and Everly
  9. Matthew Lange @ Singular Fiction
  10. You! I had a hard time picking people. There are many great writers out there. Do you have a book published or you are working on one? Feel free to do this tag and let me know in the comments!

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51 thoughts on “Writer’s Ink Challenge

  1. I want to personally congratulate you on your win for the #Spread Smiles contest! I ABSOULTLEY LOVED AND ADORED your entry, and it did really make me smile πŸ™‚
    Secondly, thanks for the shoutout – I appreciate that a lot ❀
    And thirdly, the tag!I loved all your answers – they were absolutely amazing!

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  2. Firstly I would like to thank you dear Ipuna Black for tagging me in writers ink challenge. Feeling nice to know more about you through this post.

    Presently I am in 2nd year of graduation.I was just thinking about completing PG in electronics and telecommunications engineering and there afterwards settle with a good job but your post has inspired me to go further for PhD programme as well …thank you so much that.

    Presently busy with studies for upcoming semester university exams in the month of May.

    Feeling a bit bad I can’t immediately respond to your post but I will revert back with a favourable reply as soon as I get time.

    Have a nice time 😊

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    1. Ha ha. That’s great. Some people HATE first person. I don’t hate third person. I like the story more. I can’t remember if Mahriya had tagged you? I really wanted to know your answers. I just tagged you in this post if you get a chance. I know you are busy! I know you are an avid writer!

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  3. You are really praiseworthy for your educational achievements, being a mother of 4 children and a wife. It’s must very tough thing for managing family chores , job and passion of being a writer …There’s too much to learn from you.


  4. Congrats for winning the positivity writing contest, Ipuna! πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽˆπŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽˆπŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽˆ
    I loved your little piece of fiction so it wasn’t a surprise. πŸ˜›

    Magical realism seems interesting! Though I’m more of a medieval fantasy adventure person myself (haha, see the video game influence there? πŸ˜›), and I definitely prefer third person past. And I still think it’s incredible you got a PhD, I wrote a (non-published) thesis for my IT degree and that was enough not-fun writing for me. πŸ˜†

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    1. Medieval fantasy adventure, huh! I can see that. No. writing a thesis or dissertation is never fun. Good for you! I did publish my dissertation. πŸ˜ƒβ€‹ That’s great that you have an IT degree. That’s very useful in this day and age.

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  5. This is such a lovely post! I had a great time reading your answers and also Congratulations on writing two novels!! That’s amazing! I do hope that they get published soon! I’m sure everyone will love them! And also,thank you so much for mentioning me in your post,that was awfully lovely of you! 😊❀

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    1. Thank you, Sasha! I’m attending a local writer’s conference this weekend. I’m hoping for some connections. Getting published is a slow process. I’ll keep you updated along the way. I would love your feedback on the books. πŸ˜€β€‹ Hopefully, soon. Thanks for reading my answers! ❀️​ I had to mention you in the post! You made my day!

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      1. That sounds lovely! I’m sure that once people read your book and fall in love with it that it’ll get published as quickly as possible! I’d love to know how it goes and thank you so much! I’m so glad to hear that 😊❀❀ xx

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  6. A very big Congrats for winning the positivity writing contest, Ipuna! πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽˆπŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽˆπŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽˆ
    I loved getting to know more about you.

    Me? + Contest? = Disaster πŸ˜›

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  7. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    Would love to try the challenge though. Why don’t you ask again in two years? Perhaps by then, I would have gotten something to use as an answer to your questions. πŸ˜›

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