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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.
We always launch our prompt posts with important information. So be sure to check it out first! Then we invite you to read on and see what we have in store for this week's prompt.
Exciting News: January Collaboration with DreemPort
In case you missed our newsletter, DreemPort has selected The Ink Well for a community spotlight for the month of January. Be sure to see our newsletter and the DreemPort Challenge Announcement for details!
If you choose to participate, you can publish your story for this week's prompt in The Ink Well as usual, then post it on DreemPort and curate others to earn DreemPort tokens.
Important FAQs about The Ink Well!
Here are answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about The Ink Well.
What Is The Ink Well All About?
The Ink Well is a short story community. This means we only accept short fiction. (Fiction means stories from your imagination.)
It also means:
- No novels, chapter stories or multi-part stories
- No poems
- No essays or other non-fiction
- No memes
Just fictional short stories!
The Ink Well is all about creativity, quality, community, and engagement. As such, we ask the following:
- Please take the time to get to know the community and read other writers' work. Everyone who posts in The Ink Well is expected to read and comment on at least two other stories for each piece you post.
- See our catalog of fiction writing tips and make use of our resources. (Many of our writers are developing awesome skills, and you can too!)
- Put effort into your posts. Review and edit your content for errors before publishing.
What are the community rules?
You can find our community rules at the top of The Ink Well community (right side of the page).
Please read the rules before posting in The Ink Well, as we outline the "do's and don'ts." If you can't find 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.
What does it take to get rewards in The Ink Well??
We refer you to the above description of what The Ink Well is about. If you are not getting great rewards, it is likely for one of the following reasons:
- Your story has many grammatical errors. (This is easily fixed with the tips in our post, Help for the Grammatically Challenged.)
- Your story lacks some important elements of good fiction, such as character development, dialog, scene details or a story arc. (See our catalog of fiction writing tips for information on these important aspects of short stories.)
- Your story appears to be a retelling of an old folk tale. There's nothing wrong with folk tales, but here in The Ink Well, we are looking for 100% original fiction. We want to see fresh new stories from your imagination, not age-old stories with well-worn themes, or worse — plagiarism (which will get you banned from the community).
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 prompt, “New Year."
We really enjoyed all of the creative and interesting stories about new year's resolutions and fresh starts. Thank you, everyone!
Here are the week's stories. Be sure to read and support these authors for their work.
- New Year, New Nothing, by @khaleesii
- New Year, New Spirit, by @radenkusumo666 - And Their Lives Changed, by @rayt2
- The Pub Peach, by @deraaa
- With a Pocketful of Posies, by @morey-lezama
- The Last Train, by @ubani1
- New Year Resolution, by @iyimoga
- Cross Over Bustlings, by @mrenglish
- The Joy of Having Good Friends, by @cool08
- A Cold Night on New Year's Eve, by @piratethanos
- New Yam Festival, by @mcluz
- New Year: New Hope, by @popmanj
- No New Year for the Crims, by @doziekash
- A New Year Gift, by @chidubem26
- Goals and Resolutions, by @bruno-kema
- Last Day of the Year, by @ghost.queen
- Happy New Year My Love, by @farahikram
- Bruno's Resolution, by @dwixer
- New Year New Blessings, by @emeka002
- Happy Beginning, by @mondraye
- Love at the End, by @sonofremi
- Rose, by @milesofplay
- The Real and Imaginary Parts of New Year's Day, by @deeanndmathews
- That Day 5 Years Ago, by @diebitch
- New year, New Life, Between the Mundane and the Divine, by @kayleya
- Holding On, by @ozohu
- New Dawn, by @kei2
- When It Was a New Year, by @oluwashinaayomi
- Parallel and Remote, by @gracielaacevedo
Well done, everyone!
This Week’s Prompt
The last three weeks we have been enjoying holiday-themed prompts, which were of course open to any sort of interpretation one might choose. We continue with a prompt that can be related to the holidays or not. It is up to you!
This week's prompt is: Unlikely Hero.
Unlikely heroes are those who surprise us by saving the day, or doing something impactful and important we didn't know they were capable of. It might be the child who brings his mother a fire extinguisher to put out a kitchen fire. Or the old lady who trips the bank robber on his way out of the bank building so he falls down and can be captured by the police. Or (based on the featured image for this post) a little dog who brings a stick so the snowman can have arms and wave at passersby.
We hope that will get your imaginations started! We look forward to reading your stories. Remember to participate in the DreemPort challenge, if you are so inclined!
Note: As always, please avoid gory, bloody, brutal, sexist or racist themes and language, erotica and other 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 collection of idea-generators:
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 in the next prompt post.)
- Story link: Post your story in The Ink Well community, and post a link to your story in a comment on this post.
- Hashtags: Please use these hashtags: #fiction #writing #inkwellprompt #theinkwell and #dreemport, if you are also posting your story to the DreemPort site.
- 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.
- Length: We request that story word counts are a maximum of 1,500 words maximum length (preferably 750-1000 words). 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:
- #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
- #25 A word of advice
- #26 Winding road
- #27 Mirror
- #28 Shipwreck
- #29 School Notes
- #30 Three Words: Scooter, River, Midnight
- #31 Flash Fiction Contest
- #32 A Fork in the Road
- #33 Shadows
- #34 Three Words: Island, Witch, Cake
- #35 Full Moon
- #36 Graveyard
- #37 Jack-o-Lantern
- #38 Family Ties
- #39 Longing
- #40 Feast
- #41 Gift
- #42 Season of Light
- #43 Believe
- #44 Elf
- #45 Holiday
- #46 New Year
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