The Ink Well Prompt #78 - Plus Weekly Challenge and Prize Announcement

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Hello and welcome to the The Ink Well weekly fiction prompt and prize announcement! 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.

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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:

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  • 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.
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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. We do not allow stories depicting violence, brutality, or abuse of women, children or animals. If you have questions, please read this article explaining our stance on violence.

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 lacks originality or does not follow our community rules.

Important tips!

  • Among the factors we look at is quality of engagement with others in the community
  • Please make sure your story is clearly inspired by the prompt.
  • Remember to link your story to the prompt post.

Weekly Challenge and Prize Announcement

Time for the prize announcement and new challenge!

Last week's prompt was splash and the skill target was to describe a vivid scene. This community really came through with many amazing stories!

Splash led to some dynamic, vividly described scenes. Our selections of this week's winners and honorable mentions reflect how well writers dealt with this prompt and skill challenge.

Update! We are excited to share that in addition to our first place winner, we are awarding a second and third place, in addition to a few honorable mentions. For second and third place we are awarding Hive Basic Income (HBI). The third place winner receives 2 HBI and the second place winner receives 3 HBI.

Here are this week's honorable mentions, all of them written in response to the prompt and skill challenge.

The air turned foggy and black around her and she then knew it was going to rain. Not prepared for what was to come, it started pouring heavily and it seemed as if she could hear both tears and laughter in the forest and people calling her name. She was so scared that she started running and the only thing that could be heard was the sound of her feet amidst the puddle of water that was created by the rain and she started making splashes as she tried so hard to find her way out of that dreaded place.

The clouds in the sky showed no sign that it had rained earlier. Blue skies with white clouds covered everywhere. His once gloomy day mimicked the weather. He got to meet Ruth and he stood a chance of getting his dream job at the construction.

With her permission granted, Ashura woke up very early in the morning of the said interview date. She is an early bird and wouldn't like to leave a wrong impression of herself to the interviewer. While she waited to catch a taxi to convey her to the city, a utility vehicle, on an average speed, splashed muddy water on her.
Ashura was so devastated.
This cloth was the only ironed attire she had and now, this careless driver had ruined it for her.

Third Place: Wins 2 HBI

"Dio Santissimo!" I exclaimed as I, absolutely perplexed, watched as my former co-worker had transformed into a green, slimy creature with purple blobs all over his face, dinosaur hands and a monkey's tail.
Walker was a scrawny 2.15 m guy with a dead face, who turned into a monster dripping disgusting substances with every step he took and coming towards me to eat my brain in a Frankenstein-style.

Second Place: Wins 3 HBI

Later, after the thundering hooves of the horses receded, and only the sound of the wind through the grasses remained, the two little pigs returned to the pond, where they contentedly wallowed in the mud.

And the winner of the splash/scene description challenge is...@madamnaomi, with the story My Inspiration. Congratulations. You will receive 5 Hive!

Chloe was where they left her. But they had forgotten there were open buckets of paint and paintbrushes lying around there and a canvas was nearby as well. Chloe had splashed different colors of paint all over the canvas. She was covered in most of the paint too. To top it off, she acted so oblivious to the crime she just committed. While everyone looked at her with horrified faces, she giggled and said “Dada! Dada! Dada!”.

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!

This Week’s Prompt

The Ink Well is fortunate to have many members who are eager to write. However, the curation team does not have infinite resources. In order to be fair to all writers, we have decided to ask our members to publish only one story per week. If members choose to publish more than that, they may. However, only one story will be curated.

It would be wise to use talent on the best story you can write so you can receive the optimal curation. Remember, Quality over Quantity. Moving forward the Ink Well Team believes this will provide a better experience for writers and curators.

At last, the prompt of the week!
This week's prompt is brilliant. The skill challenge will be to create a memorable character. The word brilliant opens up the possibility for creating a unique, unforgettable character. @jayna explains exactly what this is and how to create it in her essay, Developing Memorable Characters.

As @jayna explains:

Creating a great character is one of the highest goals of fiction writers, because we know that the most memorable characters keep readers engaged and make them want more.

Brilliant A person may appear to shine in a group, brilliantly. Or that person may be distinguished by intellectual excellence. Or that person may be encountered in a setting that is brilliant. Try to think outside the box.

Here is an example that might help you to get started:

  • Sometimes life is preordained. That's the way it was with us in college. I was going to travel the world and be an adventurer. Jacques, he was going to mend broken bodies with exquisite skills as a surgeon. But Edna, she was the brilliant one. Every path was open to her. One thing was certain, though, whatever she did would change the world.

A week from now, we will select a winning story that demonstrates this skill and utilizes the prompt. Of course we will also be looking for overall quality in the winning story. Good luck!

Note: As always, please avoid violent, 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. (We have a complete article about The Ink Well stance on violence and brutality for more information.)

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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  4. COMMUNITY SUPPORT: Visit the work of at least two other community members and comment on their work.
  5. 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.
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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:

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Congrats @nelson-george for being featured...enjoy ❤️

Your content has been voted as a part of Encouragement program. Keep up the good work!

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I'm interested maybe I can try writing fiction stories and short stories in this community, which is based on blockchain hive, do I fall into the criteria as a weekly writer on social media,The ink Well

Hi @duekie. Can you explain your question a little more?

Thank you! Congratulations to everyone who was featured. 👍

Arrrgghhhh I’m so excited 😇😇😇. Thank you!!

Congratulations! 👏
Well done.

Thanks dear 😇

You're welcome.

Congratulations, @madamnaomi and all the featured authors. All of you are awesome. 😊


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Congratulations to the selected authors and congratulations to the winners of this week's competition. you are great writers. Come on for others to be more enthusiastic about working.

To all of the featured authors here, congratulations for the great entries. Will read them😊.

Many thanks, @theinkwell. To all winners, it is a drive to do more. The additional rewards is quite encouraging.
Thank you again.

congratulations to the winner @madamnaomi and other mentions keep up the best writing.

Thanks so much

Hello to my Ink Well mates;

This week I'm getting in early ;)
Have been on to welcome a newbie to our community mcaspectacular, and dropped by maryjacy.

Here's my attempt to create an interesting figure, who, being a little bit metatextual, was trying to create himself:

I just saw the update awarding me second place! Thank you so much @theinkwell crew! 🤗

You're welcome, @litguru!

This is my entry
I have read and commented on @mrenglish and @maryjacy piece.

Hello @theinkwell! Here's my story for this week's prompt--


Congratulations to all selected winners and honorable mentions

Congratulations to all winners 😊

this is my entry:

I have commented and voted on the story @starrben and @fashtioluwa

Whaoo... You wrote a beautiful story

Very interesting prompt. I am glad to be part of this.
SUPPORTED: @lightpen, and @emeka002
My entry.

Hello here I leave my entry of the week. In a few minutes I start reading other authors. 😃😁😁😁

Congratulations @madamnaomi and to the other selected writers.

I am definitely joining this one.

Hello wonderful writers and readers. This is my entry for this week:

I have engaged with @kemmyb and @mrenglish

Thank you in advance for reading my story. ^_^

My entry for this week’s theme;

Thank you.

Also, I have engaged with other authors.

Happy weekend guys. Here's my entry for this week's prompt

Thanks again for the interesting prompt. Here's my story for this week's prompt:

Such an amazing prompt with a lot of promise...

Here's my entry

Engaged on

_ Diikan's post
_ Idlemind's post

I'm glad I made it before this prompt ended. This is my entry

I had fun reading and commenting on posts by @merit.ahama @chincoculbert @diikaan and @treasure-joshua


Here's my submission for this week 🙌 Thanks for everything :)

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