Prompt #3 for 2010 – The Key

Welcome to week three (3) of the re-opening of Writer’s Island. In the first two weeks lots of Islanders, former and new, have come ashore to share their writing… so let’s keep the “language luau” cookin’!

Remember, new prompt(s) every Saturday, and to make it easy this time around, when what you’ve written is ready to read by the other Islanders, just post your link right here at the bottom of this post — no waiting, no looking for a different place to post your link, and you can leave a comment as a part of your posted link. You can now also reply directly to any other comment.

β€’β€’> The third official re-opening celebration prompt is: THE KEY… Pretend you were digging in the sand, or exploring the old abandoned Island plantation, or the wreckage of that old ship on the rocks off the south shore — and you found a key. Tell us in your words (poem, prose, flash fiction) the why, who, what, where, when, or how regarding that key you’re holding — whatever moves you to write. Maybe it includes a visual response? It’s your thing — so do wha’cha wanna…

Relax, respond to the prompt when you’re ready — or just leave a comment to say hi! Again, welcome back to the the Island. Toss me a mango please, go have yourself a nice cool drink of choice, and let’s enjoy that tropical breeze!!! πŸ˜‰


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80 responses to “Prompt #3 for 2010 – The Key

  1. It’s my birthday today so this is slightly off key, or at least off prompt… ENLIGHTENMENT
    I might be late home tonight – Don’t wait up for me…

    • Couldn’t find a poem. Lots of other interesting stuff, but no poem.

      • writersisland

        anthony does have great variety on his blog, but if you look, he usually has a direct response to the prompt. i’ll go check it out Viv… πŸ˜‰

      • writersisland

        Yo Viv — Below is Anthony’s piece for the prompy, culled from his blog:
        THE KEY

        Find the key to know it all,
        Ultimate knowledge to enthrall,
        It’s in the deep mind, get it out,
        Become a mystic, most devout,
        Suddenly it floods in, the good and bad,
        But beware, it’s enough to drive you mad,
        Then you’ll be stuck needing another key,
        Or the Asylum’s your only destiny

    • writersisland

      nice to see you on the Island Anthony… πŸ˜‰

  2. Today is a very special day my way too! But it’s not my birthday!

    It’s been a long walk on the beach…

  3. That’s weird! My comment wasn’t moderated last time, but it is this time! Hmmm … Must have done something wrong!

    • writersisland

      Usually it is because we change an email or a virus gets detected on the site — but no fear, Jib the PortMaster brought you ashore… πŸ˜‰

  4. Totally different from last week’s post. Something a little fun for people to read.

    • writersisland

      Yo Dee, good of you to come ashore — can’t wait to read what you have offered… πŸ˜‰

    • angie

      hello, Dee!

      — loved your poem but couldn’t seem to get my comment to stick on your blog!


      • writersisland

        Angie, try duct tape — always works for me… πŸ˜‰ (oh my gawd, I didn’t really say that — did I)

  5. I went to the attic with this one. Thanks for an interesting prompt.

  6. Okay I finally finished… This was difficult for me until I gave it a form. Here it is

    Thanks for the prompt.

    • writersisland

      Thank you for sharing Brenda, once I moor all the boats and douse the beach torches, I’ll go check it out… πŸ˜‰

  7. Never pass up a chance to wiggle my toes in the sand and sip on something with fruit and umbrellas

    aaah. I’m just about clueless when it comes to titles–this one’s called without

  8. Here are some ramblings of complete balderdash in answer to this prompt:

    • writersisland

      No writing is balderdash because the act of writing is a creative endeavor, and the world needs a helluva a lot more creative/positive energy, and a helluva lot less destructive/negative energy — so ramble on Viv, we enjoy your positive vibes here on the Island… πŸ˜‰

  9. This is my first visit to Writer’s Island, as I’m usually too engrossed in writing my novels! But recently I’ve felt that I needed a break from ‘The Space Between’ – which I’d been working on for the last couple of years. It’s still not quite finished but I’m afraid that to keep on writing it at the moment will spoil the quality of writing… you understand, I’m sure. Nicola

    The Key

    • writersisland

      Welcome to Writer’s Island Nicola. If wandering our beaches, jotting off a bit of verse, helps recharge the creative energies — then please do so! We are here to bring a bit if fun and relaxation to the lives of the Islanders — so welcome ashore, nice to see you… πŸ˜‰

  10. angie

    this one came out a little serious — must be all the graduation-day thoughts in the air!

    I’ll be back this afternoon to visit — I promise!!

  11. In response to this 3rd prompt on the newly re-opened Writer’s Island, I offer a gothic tale: The Key

  12. Irene

    Rob, your prompts always conjure up something for me.

    eggs in sandcastles

  13. Oops — sorry. That previous link may or may not work (Rob, feel free to delete my previous comment if you can), this one is better:

  14. Coming in late with Songs in the Key

  15. Hmm, didn’t take the link. Let’s try that again: Songs in the Key

  16. On the darker side of the island….

    The Key


  17. Great to see Writer’s Island back again. Mine is a fairytale of sorts.

  18. Ahhh, what a fun little prompt to wiggle around in the brain…..

    – Dina

  19. looks like my first post did not go up..anyways find my#3 at

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