The Ink Well Prompt #32 + Flash Fiction Contest Update


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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.

Flash Fiction Contest Update

Last week's flash fiction contest based on a choice of prompts is now closed. Thank you so much to everyone who participated! We now have the challenge of selecting winners, and you guys have not made this easy fo us. There are SO many wonderful stories.

We will complete our judging and post an announcement and rewards by this Friday, September 24. Stay tuned!

Note that we did not publish a highlights magazine this week, as we want to reserve that for the announcement of the winners. With this post we will launch a writing prompt for the coming week.

Important Community Notes

Before you post in our community, please be sure to read the community rules (right side of the page) where we outline the "do's and don'ts" for posting in The Ink Well. If you only use a mobile phone and can't see them, you can read them here.

Our community rules are designed to make our community a safe, welcoming, plagiarism-free space for self-publishing original short stories.

Be Sure to Read Stories by Your Fellow Writers!

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. It also builds your following and improves your rewards!

Also note that we only select stories for the periodic highlights magazine by authors who are engaging with other members' posts.

Thank you to all of the community members who take the time to read other authors' work and provide comments. You are so awesome!

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 “flash fiction prompt," which invited The Ink Well authors to join our contest by writing a story that included one of the sentences provided:

  1. No one knew where she was going.
  2. We watched the spaghetti slide slowly down the wall.
  3. The surface of the pond began to bubble and gurgle.
  4. We took the long way to avoid the cottage where the troll lived.
  5. There was unrest in the city that night.
  6. When the curtain moved, I felt a creeping sensation and gasped.
  7. The second time Mike and Maxine got married was better than the first.
  8. The sign by the door said, "Take an umbrella in case of rain."

Here are the week's stories. Be sure to read and support these authors for their work!

This Week’s Prompt

The prompt for this week is a fork in the road. Read on to discover how to use this prompt!

Most people are familiar with the expression "a fork in the road." It does not typically mean there is a dining utensil lying on the street, of course. It is about choices. Life quandaries. Evaluating options and making a choice that takes a person toward one thing and away from another.

There are many things you could do with this prompt. Your character could be trying to decide whether to stay within a marriage, move to a different city, or accept some kind of deal that would help achieve their goal, but at an unfortunate cost.

Note that you don't have to use the prompt phrase "a fork in the road" in your story. We're just looking for those life decisions, large and small, or perhaps reflections of a person who took a fork in the road long ago... and is looking back on what might otherwise have been.

Get creative! We look forward to reading your stories!

Note: As always, please avoid gory, bloody, brutal, sexist or racist themes and language, NSFW (not safe for work) themes, 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 collection of idea-generators:

Weekly Prompt Rules:

  1. 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 in the next prompt post.)
  2. Story link: Post your story in The Ink Well community, and post a link to your story in a comment on this post.
  3. Hashtags: Please use these hashtags: #fiction #writing #inkwellprompt #theinkwell.
  4. COMMUNITY SUPPORT: Visit the work of at least two other community members and comment on their work.
  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.
  6. 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.
  7. Length (NEW!): We request that story word counts are 1,000 to 1,500 words maximum length. This is just a guideline. Longer stories tend to get fewer readers. Additionally, The Ink Well admins appreciate keeping to that maximum story length for our time management!

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, children, or animals, or that have excessive gore or violence, 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:

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