The Ink Well Fiction Prompt #146

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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: "Back of beyond":

Author Shout-outs

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


Beyond the Invisible Line

Curator comment:

@kei2 writes a very interesting and poignant story for the "back of beyond" prompt. Something mysterious is going on with a teenage girl, Meera, and her mother. The girl doesn't understand the strange shadows she sees beyond a demarcation line her mother tells her not to cross. And she is having strange dreams. Finally one night she sneaks out of her house and crosses the demarcation. She finds her old house, and her father sitting in it alone and crying and holding a picture of her and her mother. Then she knows that they are no longer living. Her mother tells her that they are waiting, for however long they need to, for her father to join them, and then they will all move on together. A nicely written story.


Releasing Pain

Curator comment:

@popurri writes for the fiction prompt and comes up with an excellent response to the prompt. A healthcare professional has watched young men die and cannot bear the suffering any longer. She decides to go into a remote area and help those who might not otherwise have medical care. On her journey to this remote area she finds a healing to her own secret grief. This grief we learn is related to the death of her young son years before. The story is good, and intelligently written.


The Beyond

Curator comment:

It takes a while to ebb into the flow, but this is remarkable. @rinconpoetico7 delivers a mesmerising tension-paced thriller that pops the balloon. Perfectly absorbing and skilfully layered.


The Throne

Curator comment:

@lightpen writes a story about a king and succession that is not predictable. There are choices offered to the heir which keep our interest. The heir must choose between the honor of ruling, and the prospect of a constrained, controlled life. The challenge offered this protagonist is clearly assessed and we as readers are interested in the outcome.


Sarah's Life Lesson

Curator comment:

@balikis95 writes a sophisticated story that is worth reading. She attempts to experiment with time sequence in the narrative. Two readings helped me to sort the events and the people. I did enjoy her effort and the story is one with significance. It has a really good arc and great (the best part) character development.

But wait, there's more! We almost inadvertently bypassed mentioning this terrific author. Not only is her work often a cut above, but she is one of the most dedicated curators in the community! (Ten stories curated last week!) So we'd like to give one more shout-out for last week to @iskawrites!


A Walk Through Hell to His Destiny

Curator comment:

As I read iskawrites' most recent fiction story I kept looking for a misstep. Even in a well-crafted piece there is almost always a flaw, an oversight in grammar, an inappropriate word. Not here. She really turned in a piece that was designed for a rather unusual prompt, and in no way does this story seem strained. It is a fantasy about a king and his exiled son, and it is one that works.

Fiction Writing Prompt of the Week

This week's prompt is: "Intuition."

What to do with this prompt?

The word "intuition" is defined as "the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning."

However, what's even more interesting than the definition, are these "related terms" which really help us to understand how we think about the meaning of intuition: hunch, instinct, clairvoyance, discernment, feeling, foreknowledge, perception, premonition, presentiment, gut reaction, second sight, sixth sense.

Tell us a story where your character has an intuition about something — a sense that something is wrong, or that something is about to happen, or that if they take a certain action, everything will turn out as they wish. Of course, you can interpret this word as you wish, as long as it inspires your story!

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; #145 Back of beyond

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I'm excited to have made it here. Even did a little happy dance. Thank you so much. I've read most of the stories and they blew me away. So much creativity in one space.

Congrats, @kei2!

Thank you so much.

Thank you for the recognition. It means a lot to me.

Wow, this is a first for me. Thanks for the mention and congratulations to the other mentioned.

Congratulations dear @balikis95 🌻and thank you

Thank you too, dearest.

Amazing topic! I will try to participate.

Hello everyone.
I share with you my first publication for this community. I hope you all like it:

Here are the publications that I supported and that left me very captivated:


Written in the stars

My Father's Car


Welcome dear @germanandradeg.


I'm glad they named me, it was a story that I enjoyed doing and that you like it fills me with great satisfaction. Thank you so much!

A hugs @theinkwell!

Awwn.. thank you so much @theinkwell for the shout-out and the review on my story. I'll keep putting in my best. Thanks again.

@iskawrites Thank you very much for the support, I am new to the community

Welcome to the community 🥳🥳🥳

You are welcome 🤗 and
welcome to inkwell, I hope you are enjoying here already

Welcome! 🌻

Thank you, the comment made me very happy.
Congratulations to all the selected authors

Here's my submission ♥️

Congratulations to our winners :)

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I am very happy to be in the mentions of the week. Thank you very much for the value of the work of all the authors of the group.

Congratulations to the other authors who were inducted, their stories were wonderful and made our imaginations fly.

Happy new week!

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

Happy rest of Sunday!

Thank you for the opportunity to participate, apologies for the lateness

Here's my entry

Here's my entry..