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Hello and welcome to the The Ink Well weekly fiction prompt. The Ink Well is a Hive blockchain-based social media community of creative writers. If you love to write short stories, we invite you to join us. Or peruse the work of our community members.
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Our community rules are designed to make our community a safe, welcoming, plagiarism-free space for self-publishing original short stories.
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Authors, please read and comment on other writers' stories. We request that you read at least two stories weekly, or two stories for each one you publish in The Ink Well. It only takes a little time, and this ensures that we have a thriving and supportive community.
Also note that we only select stories for the weekly highlights magazine by authors who are engaging with other members' posts. Thank you to all of the community members who have taken the time to read other authors' work and provide comments.
Typically, we would first review the short stories of the previous week here. However, we are just wrapping up The Ink Well Two Week Summer Contest. This has been such an exciting event, and we are thrilled that 15 brave writers completed both a first and second draft of their stories. Well done!! We are currently in the judging phase and will be announcing the winners within the week.
Meanwhile, it's time to return to our regular program of weekly short story prompts!
This Week’s Prompt
The prompt for this week is A Word of Advice.
This is a common expression. It typically means one of the following things:
"I have some important wisdom to share with you."
"You're about to make a big mistake. Now listen to me before you do something stupid."
"I have been in a similar situation, and I can save you a lot of pain if you'll just listen to what I have to say."
"I know better than you."
There are countless scenarios where one person offers a word of advice to another. It could be anything from trying to help someone understand a complex relationship issue to trying to prevent them from marrying the wrong person. Fathers give a word of advice to their sons. Mothers advise their daughters. Grandparents advise their grandchildren. And friends advise friends. Of course, sometimes the advice is welcome, and sometimes it is not!
So! Tell us a story about advice given from one to another. What is the scenario, who are the characters, and what is the story's conflict? Have fun writing your story!
Note: As always, please avoid gory, bloody, brutal, sexist or racist themes and language, NSFW (not safe for work) content, and 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 collections of story ideas:
Weekly Prompt Rules:
- Deadline: You have a week to write for the prompt, until the next one is posted. (Note: You can write for any of the prompts anytime. This is just a guideline to be included in the weekly round-up of highlights.)
- Hashtags: Please use these hashtags: #fiction #writing #inkwellprompt #theinkwell.
- Story link: Post a link to your story in a comment on this post.
- COMMUNITY SUPPORT: Visit the work of at least two other community members and comment on their work.
- 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.
- Images: Please only use images from license free and creative commons sites, like Pixabay, Unsplash and Pexels. Images you find on the Internet are copyright protected and cannot be used. Be sure to provide the source link.
Reminder: Be sure to also read our community rules. The reason for the repeat reminder is that we see many stories describing brutality of women or that have excessive gore, and we must mute them. Please do not post these stories in The Ink Well. We want our community to be a safe and comfortable place for all readers.
Here are the past prompts if you would like to use them or refer back to them:
- #1: Heart and Soul
- #2: The moment when...
- #3: Beauty with a twist
- #4: The Way Home
- #5: A Matter of Time
- #6 50 Story Ideas
- #7 The Library
- #8 All the way to tomorrow
- #9 Legend
- #10 Three Words
- #11 World Building
- #12 Childhood Summers
- #13 50 Imagination Ticklers
- #14 Railroad
- #15 Cats - 750 words
- #16 Your Birthday
- #17 Action, Dialog and Narrative
- #18 Change
- #19 Tea Time or Tee Time?
- #20 Summer Camp
- #21 Main Street
- #22 Fireworks
- #23 Picnic
- #24 Run
We look forward to reading your stories!
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