Friday, November 11th, 2011

Writing Prompt – Veteran’s Day

Frank MichalskiIn honor of our country’s Veterans, I’m hosting a Veteran’s Day Writing Prompt today.

Many thanks to all the men and women who’ve served in the US Armed Forces. I’m grateful that our country has a strong military, for both the freedoms it’s continued to safeguard and how safe I feel knowing it’s there to protect us.

Thank you to the men and women who continue to serve.

A quick digression:

I wrote a little about my family’s strong military background and some info about Veteran’s Day in my post last year, if you’re interested.

Last year’s post has a pic of my great-Uncle Walter. That’s him in the background of the picture to the right. He and my great-Uncle Frank are pictured in a downtown Baltimore bar, having a drink before they both return to duty after the Christmas holiday.

(Wasn’t Frank a handsome fellow? He looks like an old-time movie star to me. I’m sure the ladies swooned when they saw him coming.)

Now, on to the prompt…

Here’s Your Prompt:

  • Write a diary entry for a single day in the timeline of any “great war.” Include specific details, as well as personal reactions.
     
  • Write a thank you note to a veteran (or current member) of the armed forces.
     
  • Take a few moments and brainstorm some words that come to you when you think about the military. Write a poem using one or more of the thoughts that occurred to you.
     
  • Make a list of words that define “the perfect soldier.” Create a character sketch of this hero.
     
  • Based on the prompt above, choose the one trait you think every soldier should have. Now, create a character sketch of a soldier who doesn’t have that trait, or blatantly disregards it. (Does that make him an unfit soldier? An anti-hero? A villain?)
     
  • Imagine the military of the future. What gadgets do they have? What skills do they need?
     
  • Write a story about U.S. Military Occupation on the moon. Why are we there? What’s happened? What would happen if weren’t there?
     
  • What if there were no militias the world over? Would the world be a better place, or worse?
     

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