John Hewitt’s News, Prompts and Thoughts #4

My work schedule has been very hectic for the past couple of weeks, and as a consequence I have been eating lunch at my desk. Last Wednesday I decided I had to put a stop to that, so I took a late lunch and went to my favorite sushi place. I didn’t bring any of my devices and I just relaxed and ate a leisurely lunch. Sure enough, about halfway through lunch I was struck by a story idea that immediately caught my imagination. That night I wrote over three thousand words and still loved the idea.

I hope I’ll have more to discuss with the story as time passes, but the point I wanted to make is that you have to give yourself downtime, especially if you are a person who writes creative work. Unfortunately, many of us mistake watching TV, using our tablets or even our phones as downtime. Downtime requires that you shut all of these things off and just let your mind wander free for a bit. If you haven’t done that lately, I highly recommend it.


Not much news today, but I found this story of best sellers that began as self-published books to be interesting. Many of the items on the list are from the eBook era, but some, such as The Tales of Peter Rabbit and The Joy of Cooking are decades old.



Writing Skill Builder (A Quick Exercise)

Make a list of all the things you have on you right now, with descriptions of how you got each item.

Poetry Prompt

Write a poem about a fantasy.

Short Story / Fast Fiction Prompt

Write a story that begins with someone eating.

Essay / Non-Fiction Prompt

Write about the last time you sent a letter by mail.


I just want to say a quick Happy Birthday to my wife Jeni. I love you honey.

Jeni Heart