The Ink Well Fiction Prompt #158

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Stories from the Previous Week

Thank you to who posted a story for last week's prompt: "Love, wheelbarrow, dog":

Author Shout-outs

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


Daniel's Questions

Curator comment:

This was a wonderful story from balikis95. A joy to read. It was so lovely to see the consistency of good writing from start to finish! It had a lovely story arc and character arc, an interesting conflict and resolution and Balikis used the triple prompt in such an original way. The story was cleverly crafted. Daniel has asked a girl to marry him but is perplexed by her answer. He reaches out to his sister for help in understanding whether it is normal. There is some great dialogue that moves the story forward. A good character and story arc, with interesting conflict and resolution. Just read it.


I Exist

Curator comment:

idlemind writes one of the most elaborate short story plots I think I have ever seen in The Ink Well. She tells the story of a young couple, Gladys and Andrew, whose apartments are right next to one another. One day Gladys goes to visit Andrew and someone strange answers the door and claims to be Andrei, Andrew's twin brother. Trouble is, Andrew has never mentioned a brother before at all, let alone a twin. The story progresses through split personalities, ghosts, and more. A must read though it's quite long! It's worth the time to read it!


Cupid's Arrow

Curator comment:

@loveth97 brings us a lovely story for the triple prompt. It is nicely imagined and structured. A young man seeks some respite from his hectic work schedule by spending time with his two aunties whom he regards as his moms since his mom walked out on his family. He almost runs a dog over on his way there and is privy to the antics of a young woman trying to chase the dog down to restrain him. She apologises to him for the incident. When he gets to his aunts, they tease him about not having a girlfriend and needing to think of settling down. On a trip to the shop to buy garden supplies, so that he can work on his aunts' garden, the dog lady accidently knocks into him with her wheelbarrow and it is love at first sight. This was a thoroughly enjoyable read.


How Will You Use It?

Curator comment:

@wrestlingdesires writes a "feel good" story for the fiction prompt. It is a super cute story about a teenager finding a dog he can't keep but giving it to an old lady who's lonely. Although he is saving up to buy his own truck, he uses some of the money to take care of a vet visit and to buy some food so the dog is not too much of a burden for her. It's a flawless story. Simple and sweet.

Fiction Writing Prompt of the Week

This week's prompt is: "Stealing."

What to do with this prompt?

Stealing is something we are all familiar with. Whether you have had something stolen from you or not. Theft is in the news. And many different types of things can be stolen! A robber can steal money from a bank. An accountant can steal money from the firm. A child can steal a cookie. A boy can steal a kiss.

We look forward to seeing 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.

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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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; #157 Love, wheelbarrow, dog

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Oh, wow. Thank you for highlighting my post. Haha.

And congratulations to others as well.

Congratulations to the winner
Kudos to all other writers
Amazing stories out there in the inkwell community

For this week diction prompt
Here is mine

Supported @zino01 @marriot5464 @niya57829

Here is my entry


Thanks so much for featuring my story, I'm very happy that you enjoyed it :)

This post has been manually curated by the VYB curation project

Thank you so much for highlighting my story. This is motivating haha

Congrats to the other authors!

I really love the prompt for this week. And congrats to those mentioned.

Hello @theinkwell I have an important question to ask: can we post stories which don't revolve around a prompt?

Sorry for the delayed response, @chuksmeezy. We are not good at tracking questions in comments. Discord is a better place for that. But no, stories do not have to be written for a prompt.

Thank you @theinkwell I wish to take part in this and among the winners

Congratulations to all writers who received shout-outs for their stories

Here's my entry

I supported @princess-dara, @rukkie, @chizzini, @omolayo, @jessicaossom, @fashtioluwa

Good day everyone
Here's my entry for this week's prompt

I commented on @fashtioluwa and @mrenglish posts.

Here is my entry

I supported rare-gem iskawrites and trexane

Delighted to participate again. Here I leave my entry:

Please I want to be sure of something because I am new here.

@inkwell I am a lover of fiction and just wanted to confirm if one could make more than one entry on one prompt. Since I didn't see anything about that in the outlined rules.

Hi @menace123. We would prefer that each writer produce only one story for each prompt. Thank you.

I am very grateful to The inkwell community for providing us with such an optimistic opportunity ❤️😍
Here is my entry

Hello there🤗👋
Here's my link to this week's prompt

I supported @iskawrites @zino01 @jazzclassic @trexane

Congratulations to all featured writers

Here's link to my story

Congratulations to the selected writers.

Here is my story for this week

Support @fragozart01 @jjmusa2004 and @charjaim

My sincere congratulations to those mentioned of the week. I am very happy to see so much talent on such beautiful stories. Keep writing and delight us with your beautiful stories.

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

Please @theinkwell, my post hasn't been curated yet and i posted it like two days ago. Please look into it 🙏

We do not curate all stories, @emeka002.

My entry to the prompt, I supported other authors

Here's my link

I supported

I enjoyed engaging with other authors stories in the community and shared my entry to the fiction prompt.

Cheers to a beautiful day, everyone...

Hello everyone, here is my entry

I've supported the following writers