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Christopher Marlowe

Marlowe Poet and SpyChristopher Marlowe, besides being a poet and spy, was considered the foremost Elizabethan tragedian of his day (baptized in February 1564). “He influenced William Shakespeare, who was born in the same year as Marlowe…”

When Marlowe was at Cambridge college, he was a spy for Queen Elizabeth.

Marlowe's writing list“Marlowe’s plays are known for the use of blank verse and their overreaching protagonists.”

Marlowe Hell frame of mindMarlowe accursed who invented warOn May 30, 1593, Marlowe, with Ingram Frizer, Nicolas Skeres, and Robert Poley , went to a bar. Marlowe and Frizer argued over payment of the bill. “Marlow snatched Frizer’s dagger and wounded him on the head. They struggled and Marlowe was stabbed above the right eye, killing him instantly.” He was only 29 years old.

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Writers’ Prompt from Jack Heffron

Jack Heffron Idea bookJack Heffron head shotThe Writer’s Idea Book by Jack Heffron includes more than 800 prompts. I randomly opened the book to “Chapter Fourteen: Your Fifteen Minutes.” Each chapter begins with a famous writer’s quote. Chateaubriand was assigned this chapter with: “Let us not be too scornful of fame: nothing is lovelier, unless it be virtue.”

Heffron was a senior editor at Writer’s Digest Books and Story Press.

He also wrote The Best Writing on Writing and co-wrote with Rusty McClure, Coral Castle: The Story of Ed Leedskalnin and his American Stonehenge.”

There were over ten prompts in Chapter Fourteen so I closed my eyes and pointed to this one:

“Write about a news event to which you have some connection. Did an important event occur in you hometown? Were you ever involved, even as a by-stander, in an event that the general public will remember?…Freewrite everything you can remember about the event, form the details and the actions into a narrative, research the event to add relevant background, speculate on its significance to you.”

Let me know if you used the prompt and what developed.


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