John Hewitt’s News, Prompts and Thoughts #5

Hi everyone. I’ve been making some site changes lately. Once again, I have changed the look and feel of the site. I’ve also stopped posting individual jobs. There was a time when those seemed to drive a lot of traffic, but I think people have gotten used to other sources, and I just can’t devote the time to it and expect to write new material. Still, I don’t want to abandon people who are on the hunt for new gigs, so I am aggregating job ads in these posts. I hope it helps. You can also always visit jobs.poewar.com to … Continue reading John Hewitt’s News, Prompts and Thoughts #5

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John Hewitt’s News, Prompts and Thoughts #1

I’m trying to get back into more of a newsletter mode with my updates. We’ll see how it holds up. The general idea is to give people the prompts that they love, but add a little extra to the mix. It probably won’t be daily, but I’m hoping to get about three updates a week in. Fingers crossed.

News

RIP Tom Clancy

We start with a little sad news. Tom Clancy, writer of the Jack Ryan novels and other technothrillers has died at the age of 66. I’ve never read his novels, so I only know his stories from the movies, but he was known for his exhaustive research into the details of how government and the military works, which gave his stories an authenticity that is rare in thrillers.

RIP CEO Walter White

“Legal issues aside, Walt would be a fantastic startup founder.”
I’m still thinking about Breaking Bad, and I love this article about how Walter White demonstrates the entrepreneurial spirit… and leaves a path or destruction is his wake.

Because I Have Kids

If you want your kids to be smart, you should talk to them and listen to them. It seems obvious, but it is certainly an interesting experience talking to my fourteen-month-old twins. It turns out, they really like saying “Hi”. Thanks to Next Draft for the link.

Prompts

Writing Skill Builder (A Quick Exercise)

Make a list of words you don’t like and why you don’t like them.

Poetry Prompt

Write a poem that involved a clasp.

Short Story / Fast Fiction Prompt

Write a story in which something falls from the sky.

Essay / Non-Fiction Prompt

Write about how the government shutdown has affected you.

Plugs

My friends Deb Dorchak and Wendi Kelly have released the third volume in their werewolf and vampires saga. Reclamations is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. If you love the creatures who go bump in the night (occasionally with each other) then give it a read.

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Writing Prompts #34

Writing Skill Builder (A Quick Exercise)

Write a dialog between a customer and a salesperson that ends in a purchase.

Poetry Prompt

Write a poem about finding the end of a road.

Short Story / Fast Fiction Prompt

Write a story that takes place at a carnival or fair.

Essay / Non-Fiction Prompt

Write about your experiences with competition.

Writing Prompts #33

Writing Skill Builder (A Quick Exercise) Write about what the word darkness means to you. Poetry Prompt Write a poem that uses the word splinter in the first line. Short Story / Fast Fiction Prompt Write a story that takes place in the first five minutes after waking up on a Saturday morning. Essay / Non-Fiction Prompt Write about a trade or deal you have made and how you felt about it over time.

Writing Prompts #32

Writing Skill Builder (A Quick Exercise) Write a description of what a great day for you is like. Poetry Prompt Write a poem about making something smaller than it used to be. Short Story / Fast Fiction Prompt Write a story that involves climbing. Essay / Non-Fiction Prompt Write about what actions you or any single person cold take to improve the city or town you live in.

Writing Prompts #31

Writing Skill Builder (A Quick Exercise) Go to the spam folder in your email and rewrite one of the terribly written messages so that it makes sense. Alternatively, turn it into a poem. Poetry Prompt Write a poem about turning one thing into many things. Short Story / Fast Fiction Prompt Write a story that takes place in an alley. Essay / Non-Fiction Prompt Write about your least favorite mode of transportation.