Prompt & Link: “Second Chance”

9:00 AM Friday morning, February 22nd, 2008, on the U.S. west coast, is quickly approaching — so… here I am with a new Prompt!

This week’s, and the twenty third Writer’s Island prompt is: “Second Chance”.

As always, I don’t want to unduly influence you regarding how you approach this week’s prompt. Just ask yourself, what if you had a “Second Chance” — then please just tell us what that might mean to you. Stir our emotions!

•> This week I’m going to try something a bit different. This week there will be a second prompt. Every Friday here in the U.S., and perhaps world wide, the brand new movies open in the theaters. So I’m going to experiment with an extra prompt for a few weeks, one inspired by a current new movie. I’m calling this source of inspiration, the WI ‘Matinee Muse’.


We turn to the movie Vantage Point for our first ever ‘Matinee Muse’ prompt — and the prompt it inspires is: “Perspective”. See if that sparks anything for you. If we Islanders find the ‘Matinee Muse’ prompts enjoyable — they could become a regular weekly offering. <•

Feel free to use either, or both, of this week’s prompts — or use neither if you so choose. Whatever moves your soul this week is what we all want to read.

So, create your poem, prose, short story, essay, commentary, or whatever — and post it on your blog. Feel free to include recordings of you reading your work — and any photo, artwork, or graphic representation you feel is relevant.

When you have finished your piece, please return here to this post and place your link to your work as a comment — and as you know, just the link, not the piece.

Please realize there is no need to rush, this post will be open to receive your links for the entire week, leading up to the next prompt.

May this, and every week, find your muse in a friendly mood! We can’t wait to see what you write…


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78 responses to “Prompt & Link: “Second Chance”

  1. The passions that fuel our spirits inevitably find their way back to us…. a self-reflective and personal post….


  2. Two prompts this week! Excellent. Here’s my first on Second Chance:

  3. Thanks! Rob, this is very timely. Second chance, that is!

    I will write theother one soon.

  4. Okay, second prompt sorted. Here we go:

    By the way, have I said how much I love these prompts?

  5. ive been to bangkok 2-3 times already but a couple of weekends ago, me and my friend went there to explore the city. and just shoot everything.

    now i love the place especially for a photo enthusiast like me.

  6. Hmm. this would work for both.

    I’ll see what else I can come up with. I like that this place jumps all week now!

  7. Second chance is up on my blog please everyone check it out.

  8. ratanaong

    Greetings! My thoughts for the day. Titled: “One Chance”

  9. Thank you for the prompt and the site!


  10. pri

    ok wanted to do something unconventional second prompt first ;)…lol!!
    here is my contribution for the ‘matinee muse’
    hope u like it! 🙂

  11. Greetings All!

    Here are eight lives and as many second chances: LIVES

    See you this weekend.

  12. Ps

    Liked the prompt. Here is my piece.Have a great weekend everybody!No second chances there!;-)

  13. A Second Chance for which I’d freely trade my life… still!

  14. warriormare

    Ah – what fun! A Second Chance immediately following our Time Travel? This is quite the inward journey you’re taking us on, Rob!

    My piece is here – .

    Have a great weekend, all!
    warriormare / hedwyg

  15. Good Day Everyone!

    Here’s my take on Second Chance, From The Seed’s Perspective

    These are my collection of poems from my “Seed” series, with my “Seed” sketches I created in 1998.

    I wish you well.

    ~ Jeques

  16. Here’s one for the “Perspective” prompt:

    Center, No Center

  17. Here is my Second Chance posting! Amazing, when you are doing some research on a topic, as I am right now, suddenly there can be “associations”! Enjoy!

    Smiles and Light

  18. Now my second posting for “Perspective”!

    Rob! Great idea having 2 prompts! Enjoyed them!

    Smiles and Light

  19. Re perspective, I find that the movie Vantage Point illustrates it two ways: the movie itself and how the movie was made by the director and how its viewed by its audience. Check it out here

  20. i combined this with sunday scribblings…..
    second chance at passion

  21. A very literal response to the prompt from me this week:

    The Do-Over Button

    Thanks Rob.

  22. i forgot to mention when i posted that i like the idea of two weekly prompts,, but i have to say i would prefer if they were issued on two separate days… just my thoughts….

  23. A proem of betrayal and forgiveness, dictated to me from the perspective of another. I look forward to reading everybody else’s later this week!

  24. Both perpective and a second chance…

    If at First

  25. I need help!!! I question whether the opportunity for a second chance is an invitation to trouble. Take a quick read and see if you have an opinion.

  26. This story is based on my friend’s decision to separate from her husband. From her perspective the second chance was in relation to her own life and how she felt about herself.
    Hope you like it –

  27. nice idea of two prompts but could it be done on two eoparate days…gives addicted people like me tim eto channelise teh thoughts…

    My two-in-one

  28. Hi all…my first time here…just started writing so I would love some feedback!

    Jo Anne

  29. That was GREAT fun!!! I just wrote a truly upbeat piece……..NOT. I do hope you come to check it out and share your thoughts with me. Now I’m off to all the other posts! thanks……

  30. I am going to try both prompt. This first post was motivated by the first prompt, “Second Chance”.

    Of Choice And Chance by J.C. Montomery

  31. I just couldn’t sit out this one….a small poem to convey what I think, from a woman’s perpective.
    So that makes me taking on both prompts, doesn’t it?
    I’ve got it down here

  32. this is my matinée“lovely corps” redux post on perspective….

  33. here’s my shot at second chance, words really cannot express my feelings on this.

  34. Here is my use of a second chance. Happy Tuesday all.

  35. Oops. It automatically added an old link. Here is the real link.

  36. ‘kay, I wrote a couple of 100 word fiction stories with a theme of “second chance”. You can find them here:
    Second Chance

  37. Mine is also a short fiction on the second chance theme.

    Just His Luck

  38. here is one for perspective… on perspectives of people within a house looking at distorted perspectives of a house; with a perspective rendering

  39. Here’s mine for “Second Chance”…I might post another for Perspective later on this week:

  40. better late than never… great prompt this week… also look forward to the new movie muse prompt as well… adding the new prompt just sorta fell into an interesting response for me… can’t wait to read everybody else…


  41. Just a note to let a lot of you know that I cannot comment on your blogs because they only accept Blogger or Google accounts. It’s been very frustrating to read, type out my comment, then not be able to post it. But I am reading them. I just wish I could comment.

  42. Here is my prompt on Second Chance.

    I hope to do one on Perspective before the prompts change!

  43. Woohoo! Nothing like squeezing in at the last minute.

    A New Outlook

  44. Just catching up on several weeks worth of writing this morning…

    Thanks for being here. Liking the second prompt idea.

  45. I’m getting married on 3/22 to the most amazing woman I’ve ever met.
    This piece is from a fight we had.
    She somehow gave me that chance.

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