One of the places that got me writing again was Cowbird. A virtual library of writing, poetry, sound and image colabs that at first seemed incredibly daunting but soon transformed into a community of incredibly supportive and encouraging writers/artists.
As Cowbird describes itself:
“Cowbird is a library of human experience.
We are a community of tens of thousands of storytellers, located all over the world. We offer free and simple storytelling tools for anyone to use, combining photos, audio, and text into heartfelt personal vignettes.
We’ve designed Cowbird to reflect the basic truths that all human lives are interconnected, that great stories can come from anywhere, and that we can learn a lot from each other, once we make the time to listen.
This is a place to slow down and go deeper — our mission is to build to world’s first public library of human experience, so the knowledge and wisdom we accumulate as individuals may live on as a part of the commons, available for this and future generations to look to for guidance.”
The only real drawback with putting work on Cowbird is that you lose any rights in terms of publishing potential as you have placed your creation firmly in the public sphere. But if you are comfortable with that then you might want to explore, if not as a writer, then as a reader.
To help here’s a rare stab at (bad) poetry that I subjected the Cowbird faithful to ….