The Ink Well Fiction Prompt #157

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Stories from the Previous Week

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

Author Shout-outs

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


The Crying Nymph

Curator comment:

@idlemind brings us a story from the gravity prompt. What a treat! A village is suffering the devastating effects of drought. A young man heads off to find the reason for the droughts and hopefully a solution. He discovers that the drought has been caused by one of the villagers offending the forest nymph by killing her pet raven. He returns home to put things right but discovers his whole world is floating in the air, defying gravity. All the villagers' homes are separated, joined only by anchor ropes. He calls a meeting of the village to identify the wrongdoer and in so doing uncovers another terrible secret; that the gravity challenge has been brought about by the theft of the nymph's gravity necklace. the necklace that holds everything together in nature. The nymph takes over his body for a short period to set things right and thereafter the villagers commit to never doing wrong against the nymph again. I loved that the nymph's necklace held all of nature together. Violate the laws of nature and face the consequences: destruction, separation, and untold challenges. This was a wonderfully crafted and polished piece, delivered with eloquence. A joy to read.


The Noise Things Make When They Fall

Curator comment:

This piece is exquisite. How do I describe it? Gravity is the prompt. The author offers us a story of love, of a partnership perfectly balanced. When the buoyant half of the partnership falls, the surviving partner slowly submits to gravity. The tears, the eyes, the posture, the head droop--until finally gravity claims its second victim and this half of the partnership is buried. The story is better than many I have read in professional publications. There is not one trace of pretension, not one bit of excess, no word out of place. This is absolutely brilliant.


Back Home

Curator comment:

@popurri writes a really imaginative sci-fi story that involves people living on planet earth in the future when there are fires and devastation due to climate change. I will not pretend to fully understand it, but it seems people in the story are experiencing Einstein's theory of relativity and a gravitational change that is unique to them. I decided I didn't need to understand it to appreciate the imagination behind it and the quality of writing.



Curator comment:

@trexane writes a really good story in response to the gravity prompt. He assumes the first person POV for a young woman, Melissa, who is disappointed in love. Her long-term boyfriend has strayed, and he has done this with her best friend to boot. Melissa is weeping as the story begins. She recalls the long and loving relationship. At the end of the story she pulls herself together and vows never to trust anyone completely, ever again. The story doesn't miss a note. Great that was credibly written by a man.

Fiction Writing Prompt of the Week

This week's prompt is three words: "Love, wheelbarrow, dog."

What to do with this prompt?

We sometimes provide three word prompts. These are often a fun way to kick your creativity into gear. In fact, there are even prompt generators online that will automatically create random three-word prompts for you. We generated this three-word prompt from this generator.

We hope you have fun creating a story that incorporates these three words!

Let's see what your imagination comes up with! Be sure to review the Writing Prompt Guidelines below.

Remember, as always, we are looking for the elements of story. 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.

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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; #146 Intuition; #147 Delight; #148 Anticipation; #149 Holiday memories; #150 Resolution; #151 Bicycle; #152 Flight; #153 Time Travel; #154 A trip to the fair; #155 Don't sell me a dog; #156 Gravity

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I'm glad to be one of the featured authors. Congratulations to the other authors.

@theinkwell Thank you for the highlight :)
Congratulations to other highlighted authors as well.

I am pleased and flattered by the jury's appreciation and happy for the recognition. Thank you, @theinkwell

Congratulations to all the highlighted articles 🎉🎉

"Love, wheelbarrow, dog"
Interesting one ✌️

What a wonderful prompt

Here is my entry


Congratulations to the highlighted authors.

Love wheelbarrow and dog, okay ooo let's see what we can make out with those words

I enjoyed engaging with other authors who post in the community and below is my entry to the Fiction prompt.

It was fun writing the story...

Supported other authors, here's my entry for this weeks prompt.

A cordial greeting to the community.

My applause and congratulations to the new highlights of the week, an honorable mention for their beautiful stories, to continue creating and sharing.

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

I love this prompt and I made my entry, congratulation to the mentioned authors.
I did support some authors

Here's my link

I supported,
And Moclassic.

Here is my entry

I supported balikis95, moclassic and princess-dara

Thank you very much for the recognition and the comment. Congratulations to the other selected authors.

This is my submission

I read and left comments on the posts of;

  • zyzymena
  • rukkie

My entry for this week's Fiction prompt:
I have read other's fiction over time as well.

Here's my entry

Apologies for posting it here late

Congratulations to all featured writers

Here's my entry

Here's my submission, thanks so much for everything ♥️
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