Story Well on Substack

Hi, everyone! I hope you are all doing well.

I just wanted to give a couple of quick writing-related updates.

First, if you’re a fan of fifty-word microfiction, be sure to give The Friday Fix a follow on Twitter. I post a weekly writing prompt over there, and writers respond with their creations. The Friday Fix was originally a Medium publication with over 1,800 followers.

Second, I’ve decided to create a Substack newsletter named Story Well. (I changed my WordPress site’s name back to Justin Deming: a Writer’s Portfolio and Creative Space.) If you’re interested in writing prompts, motivational tidbits, and brief, snack-sized essays on other writing topics, please feel free to subscribe to Story Well. If you sign up, you’ll receive every update directly to your inbox. I may even share some news and updates about my own writing journey. Oh, and I’ll be sharing the weekly Friday Fix prompt there, too.

And…that’s about it for now!

Thanks for checking in, and I hope you and yours have been safe and well.

Take care,

– Justin

“The World is Ending and I Forgot My Grocery List” is now published!

I have some exciting news!

The World is Ending and I Forgot My Grocery List” was published earlier today by Free Flash Fiction. I’m incredibly excited that this dark, quirky story has a home. If you have two minutes, please give it a read and let me know what you think!

All the best,


[6] A Newfound World

After winter’s thaw, two young sisters muddied their sneakers as they hiked through the woods.

One halted. “Forests are like libraries,” she whispered.

“Why?” the other asked.

“They’re quiet. And you can learn a lot here.”

They walked on, fascinated by this newfound world — this beautiful discovery in their backyard.