If you’re even a semi-regular reader of my schtuff, you probably know about my weekly writing prompt playdate: Throw-down Thursday. If you don’t already know about it, I hope you won’t get all excited or anything, cause I’m letting it go. (oh, crap. that damn song just got in my head …) (where was i?) Oh, yeah …
I’m going to stop doing the weekly writing prompt playdate.
Named for something John Steinbeck said about writing: “Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down” … I set up the Throw-down Thursday as a weekly writing prompt designed to inspire folks to get writing. But I also had a couple of ulterior motives, and they were sorta selfish ones.
First? I did it to keep myself accountable to my blog – to make sure that I’d write at least once a week (particularly during that time that i was working the day-job, and there wasn’t a lot of time to devote to blogging or the biz). I did that because we writers are solo creatures … and having someplace/others to be accountable to really helps keep the focus.
Two? I hoped to engage other folks – the ones I’d met on line and at my workshops … the ones who told me they they were looking for inspiration, support, community … and accountability to stop talking about writing and just fargin write already.
So, the weekly writing prompt was born.
I also hoped folks would play along because (yes, yet another ulterior motive) I’m more jazzed when there’s a conversation happening around these topics that matter to me.
As it turns out, I did get a bit more web traffic, and on my Facebook page, and lots of folks told me they’d write along at home to the weekly prompts … but they’d rarely – if ever – share their stuff.
That’s probably partially due to a trend that’s happening in the blogosphere where, unless you’re a bloggy superstar, readers don’t engage in conversation the way they used to when I first got started (back when dinosaurs roamed the earth). But even more: a lot of my blog readers told me they didn’t want to share what they’d written because it was personal and private.
I probably should have expected that because though I’d often write along to my own prompts, I would rarely share what I’d written because (hello?) – new/precious/personal/private.
What made me think other people would share their stuff when I wouldn’t?
So, after just a little over two years, I’m sayin’ buh bye to Throw-down Thursday: you were fun while you lasted. You got some people writing, you helped me get some momentum, you gave me a reason to play on PicMonkey (i love picmonkey), and you introduced some new people to my thang.
Thanks to those of you who played along, thanks to those who shared. Thanks to those who cheered on the effort too.
while also offering community, safety, inspiration and accountability for writers.
Whoo hoo! A Cool New Offering!
Starting late next month, I’ll be opening up a free, private online community to support, encourage and engage writers. Write Yourself Awesome is already in beta, and the 30-something folks who are test-driving it with me are writing more, gaining confidence and getting fabulous support. They’ve written more blog posts, started books and articles; they’ve focused on their journaling practice, and they’re enjoying daily support and encouragement in a community of like-minded women who write to create, and to improve the quality of their lives. Wanna join?
Doors to the Write Yourself Awesome community
will open late next month.
Space will be limited, and while I’ll announce the launch here on the website, my newsletter peeps will get the news first. Sign up for my fabu-list (see that sign up thingie up there on the right where it says “subscribe”? that’s it …). Folks on my list will be the first to hear when the doors open.
Questions? Drop me a line at deb [@] debcooperman [.] com. I reply.