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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.
Note: 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.
The January Collaboration with DreemPort Continues!
In case you hadn't heard, DreemPort selected The Ink Well for a community spotlight for the month of January. This is week 2! For details, be sure to see our newsletter and the DreemPort Challenge Announcement.
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. The day to post your story on DreemPort is Thursday.
Congratulations to last week's DreemPort winners, announced here:
- @davidbright - An Unlikely Hero
- @l337m45732 - They Came in the Night;
- @warpedpoetic - Unlikely Hero - My Father the Stranger;
- @abmakko - A Savannah Tale;
- @maryjacy I'd Lost Him Forever
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 that came from your imagination, not from real life.)
It also means:
- No novels, chapter stories or multi-part stories
- No poems
- No introduction posts
- 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, “Unlikely Hero."
We really enjoyed reading stories about people who unexpectedly save the day. Thank you, everyone!
Here are the week's stories. Be sure to read and support these authors for their work.
- My Unlikely Hero, by @piratethanos
- The Unbelievable Hero, by @princessbusayo
- One-Eyed Manuel, by @mrenglish
- An Unlikely Hero, by @adoore-eu
- Look at My Unlikely Hero, I Love You Mom, by @rayt2
- Ben, the Savior of His Community, by @cool08
- Unlikely Hero, by @onwugbenuvictor
- The Red Demon, by @khoola
- Hypno, by @mosin-nagant
- Josh Saves the Day: The Hidden Talent, by @emeka002
- My Saving Grace, by @khaleesii
- Jonas the Unlikely Hero, by @joseph230
- Her Scariest Two Minutes, by @ozohu
- You Are Here Now, by @amirtheawesome1
- A Savannah Tale, by @abmakko
- Jimmy Brought Justice, by @merit.ahama
- Unlikely Hero, by @zyzymena
- The Werewolf and the Blue Morpho Were-Butterfly, by @kemmyb
- An Unlikely Hero, by @victorbch
- They Came in the Night, by @l337m45732
- The Lost Hunters, by @popmanj
- The Unlikely Hero, by @b0s
- Hearts Soar, by @lookingforspace
- The Unlikely Hero, by @zeraton
- Saved, by @ubani1
- Decision Time: Spain or Guinea, by @katleya
- The Rescue, by @mmykel
- Ronnie Won the Heart of Ria's Dad, by @fantom22
- The Unexpected, by @bruno-kema
- Don't Judge the Book by Its Cover, by @raymondpeter
- The Outbreak, by @dwixer
- Sarah and the Little Bird, by @abdul-qudus
- Genny's Diary, by @uekop2
- Gil: The Unexpected Hero, by @yuki-nee
- Unlikely Hero, by @kaerpediem
- The Saving Grace, by @iyimoga
- ADA, by @litguru
- Crossing the World, by @gracielaacevedo
- Unlikely Hero, by @mandate
- Brigham Monkey and the Masked Butterfly, by @liftslikealady
- Don't Look Back, by @idlemind
- St. Elmo's Fire, by @samsmith1971
- Powerless, by @doziekash
- Discharged and Acquitted, by @ghost.queen
- The Vagabond Dog, by @mcluz
- Jules Dubois Finds Out He Is a Hero After All, by @deeanndmathews
- Re-ignited, by @diebitch
- A Chance at Life, by @mondraye
- They Were Stucked There, by @farahikram
- Tripper, by @milezof play
Well done, everyone!
This Week’s Prompt
At last, the prompt of the week!
This week's prompt is: Inheritance.
Everyone wants an inheritance. Inheriting money or property is a thrilling proposition for many people. Perhaps it will improve their social status, or enable them to buy things they have always wanted.
But when it comes to inheritance, many things can go wrong, or can turn out differently than people expect. It can create family arguments over whether the inheritance is fair.
And what if the inheritance is...
- A tiny island
- A broken down building
- A castle
- A single coin
- The key to a safe — whereabouts unknown
- A giant house that has annual taxes in excess of the character's income
- A teenager
- A pig farm
- A deadly snake...
... or any another possibility that comes to mind.
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
- #47 Unlikely Hero
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