After much soul searching for quite some time, I find myself at this truly difficult, but inescapable decision — I am discontinuing the Writer’s Island writing prompts, as well as the Matinée Muse writing prompts. I don’t know if this will be forever, only time and circumstance will decide that. Please know, should I ever resume the Island’s writing prompt services again, all of you who have participated will be promptly notified.
I have poured myself into, and thoroughly enjoyed conjuring up these prompts — seeing all of you come to the Island to write, to share… to participate in this community. But demands on my time, from many directions, are ever-increasing. Continuing to properly and effectively offer the weekly prompts has sadly, just become to much for me to do.
I’ve come to realize the time I invest creating and maintaining the Island’s writing prompts — along with moderating, numerous times each day, the link posts, sorting the spam from the legitimate posts that get trapped in Akismet, and correcting the legitimate links that are often mis-posted… this is all beginning to consume the limited time I have available for my personal writing and art. I feel the output and the quality level of my work are both beginning to suffer — becoming inconsistent.
My first loves, following my wife and children, are my writing and my art — these are my passions, they are my joy. I started Writer’s Island, spur of the moment last year, because we were losing Poetry Thursday — and I wanted to provide a temporary place for that particular community of writers to continue to come together, and share their work.
After a tremendous start, weekly participation in the Island’s prompts has now begun to decline. There are currently a plethora of sites, of varying quality, that provide a variety of writing prompts — so the former Poetry Thursday community has numerous places to be inspired and to share.
I desire to return to simply being a writer and artist. This experience has been wonderful, and it will be a sustaining memory for me. Thank you to all who enjoined their creative spirits to breath life into our Island prompts.
In the spirit of nostalgia, I offer three final writing prompts. This post, with these three prompts, will remain open all summer, along with the comments section, for you to post as many links as you wish. These final three prompts are from my heart: • “Farewell” • “Gratitude” • “Celebration”
May your seas be ever calm, and the wind always at your back. Peace!