The Ink Well Fiction Prompt #145

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Welcome to the Weekly Fiction Prompt

Hello community members. As we mentioned recently post, we are phasing out the weekly contests and converting them to writing prompts. So here we go!

Stories from the Previous Week

Thank you to who posted a story for last week's prompt: "Crayon box":

Author Shout-outs

We'd like to call out a few stories that got high marks from our curators.

@lenaspiritual

My Dear Sunniva

Curator comment:

@lenaspiritual writes so beautifully. She has a rich imagination, and pushes the boundaries of "normal" in a short story, which makes her stories a delight to read. This story, about art that comes to life, is a complex tapestry, and a wonderful and compelling read.

@arduilcelebren

Cyber-Crayons

Curator comment:

@arduilcelebren writes a really clever cyberpunk story for the crayon box prompt. Each of the different crayons has magical properties. For example, drawing a circle with the blue crayon creates a portal, and eating the healing green crayon immediately fixes a broken leg. There's a complex plot and lots of action, making this a whirlwind story. It's so creative and imaginative.

@kei2

A Ball of Moondust

Curator comment:

@kei2 writes a fiction that is born from the nostalgia of a deceased mother and goes through the paths of conviction to achieve dreams. A beautiful story with magical elements.

@alienstoryteller

Pain Thieves

Curator comment:

@alienstoryteller is very talented. This story is imaginative and fun, but with some darker notes as well, making it complex and interesting. Her clever storyline is that the crayons all have magical powers, including the ability to regenerate themselves overnight. It is told from the perspective of the black crayon, which is not favored like the others. It's a great read!

@rammargarita

From Quimito to Attorney General of his Country

Curator comment:

@rammargarita writes a truly lovely story. Her descriptions here are vivid. She has a kind of palette in her head and with it she colored the scenes she describes.

Fiction Writing Prompt of the Week

This week's prompt is: "Back of Beyond."

What to do with this prompt?

The expression "back of beyond" is one that means "a place that is remote or unsophisticated." Here are some example sentences from a few online dictionaries:

  • The Britannica Dictionary: He lives by himself in a cabin out in the back of beyond.

  • The Cambridge Dictionary: The public did not mind the extra inconvenience of going from the village to the inconveniently situated railway station at the back of beyond.

  • The Free Dictionary: His new house is really back of beyond—it will take us hours to get there.

So, this interesting idiom is one that takes us to places beyond the edges of towns, out past fields and orchards and country roads. Tell us why your character must go to such a place, or lives "back of beyond."

Let's see where your imagination takes you!

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:

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Tips for Getting Curated by The Ink Well

There are some important elements of storytelling that make a story stand out, and make people want to read it, and keep reading. These include:

  • Great first lines.
  • Good settings.
  • Well-developed characters.
  • Integration of action, dialogue and narrative.
  • A conflict that intrigues the reader.
  • A "story arc" which results in the resolution of the conflict and brings the story to a satisfying conclusion.
  • And of course, we are looking for well-edited stories that are not littered with typos or grammatical errors.

You can find more on all of these topics in the catalog of fiction writing tips.

Past Prompts

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; #48 Inheritance; #49 Under the Light of the Moon; #50 Three Words: Shoes, Mood, Adventure; #51 They're Here; #52 Artist; #53 Headlights; #54 Tomorrow; #55 Lense; #56 Perfection; #57 Making and Breaking Rules; #58 A Reckoning; #59 Blossom; #60 Temptation; #61 Happiness; #62 Footprint; #63 Frequency; #64 Sailing; #65 Fortune; #66 Worry; #67 Adventure; #68 Shadow; #69 Motor; #70 Embarrass; #71 Proud; #72 Guide; #73 Impression; #74 Lost; #75 Wonder; #76 Tear; #77 Splash; #78 Brilliant; #79 Sinkhole; #80 Exhaust; #81 Roll; #82 Wishbone; #83 Chatterbox; #84 Foil; #85 I can't believe you said that; #86 Boo; #87 Midnight; #88 Hunger; #89 Light; #90 Spirit; #91 Fire; #92 Tend/Tender; #93 Cheer; #94 Appearance; #95 Ambition; #96 Trust; #97 Fly; #98 Comfort; #99 Fate; #100 To Create; #101 Vision; #102 Sympathy; #103 A Special Time; #104 Suspense; #105 Bride, stairs, illusion; #106 Reality TV; #107 Things the Go Bump in the Night; #108 First line: Two strange things happened that day; #109 What if that loose floorboard was actually a hidden passageway?; #110 Footsteps; #111 Mess; #112 Cards; #113 Elephant; #114 Crystal; #115 Phone call; #116 Date; #117 Chocolate; #118 Three words: wish, button, sky; #119 RSVP; #120 Objets d'art; #121 Soul; #122 Scuttlebutt; #123 Recall; #124 Doorway; #125 Beacon; #126 Seagull, Market, Box; #127 Window; #128 Terrified; #129 Dance; #130 Two endings; #131 Ghosted; #132 Treasure; #133 Taste; #134 Reunion; #135 I miss you; #136 Wonder; #137 Ruins; #138 Beach memories; #139 There was something in the wind; #140 Mask; #141 Halloween; #142 [Photo album]; #143 Dreams; #144 Crayon box

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I like this change. The way the authors and stories are highlighted is something to look forward to. Thank you so much. I am happy to be a part of it.

Thank you for the feedback, @kei2. We like it too! It gives us the opportunity to showcase great stories, vs. picking winners. It is an all-around positive change!

I loved the note you made about my story, thank you so much ❤️😍

You are welcome, @lenaspiritual, and thank you for sharing your craft in The Ink Well!

Interesting change. I !LUV it. 😎

@juanvegetarian sent you LUV 🙂 (1/1)

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Nice change. I like reading the comments on outstanding stories 😊

Here is my entry! I could not use the word in the story but hopefully I was able to give the meaning of it 😁

Turquoise https://ecency.com/hive-170798/@arduilcelebren/turquoise

Supported some writers already, will continue to do so tonight 🙏🤗

Congratulations to those whose stories were highlighted.

Here's link to my entry

https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@teknon/wild-companion

Greetings community, this is my participation: https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@osomar357/fiction-soul-of-a-jaguar-original-content-espen

The people I supported in this weekly meeting are: @marriot5464, @chm-writes, @popurri

Congratulations to the authors who stood out with their beautiful stories and delighted us with their great imagination. Applause!

I leave you Rincón Poetico's participation in the weekly call.

https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@rinconpoetico7/fiction-the-beyond-el-mas-alla-enes

Thank you for the opportunity to participate, apologies I came in a little late. Here's my entry

https://peakd.com/hive-170798/@jjmusa2004/the-drift-fiction