Interesting bit here. 'Twould indeed be nice if each poet here contributed one piece to Prose. I have searched out people online and brought them back to Passions only to have them hit Open forum and stop. As Christopher restated, 'tis a poetry site we are at and the magnitude of responses on Open does feed the ego somewhat. I'm sure I wouldn't know as Michael, Christopher, and I have no egos to feed. Right guys? Guys? Ah well, to continue, I think that Lady deVine has the right of it somewhat in that we need to draw more people into Prose and again, I have done so only to have them stopped by Open. I am looking into About.com as we speak, rather just before I wrote this and will after, as well as a few of our more direct competitors in an attempt to glean away any talent that might be there.
I will address the concerns listed here, by the numbers.
1.) Length-indeed we post no novels or novellas in Prose. A maximum length of 5000 words has been set and though significantly larger than a poem, we have few pieces that approach that size as yet.
2.) Lack of response-tough call this one is. Instant gratification is one reason posting is so heavy in Open and such works in Prose as well. New posts do not come in so often because of the few replies that Prose engenders. Replies though are contingent on our readers. We must therefore draw in more readers as we have amazing talent in Prose already and replies will keep that talent posting.
3.) Paragraphing and punctuation-The reason for the lack of paragraphing I think is two fold. I think that as with line breaks in poetry, it is sometimes hard to determine where a thought is completed and a new paragraph should be started. Next, as with free form and free verse, many prose writers write as the words flow. I think that another thread in Suggestions applies here. If there was a link on each forum page that led to a list of guidelines for the forum, we could provide immediate instruction in all proper formatting and punctuation.
Michael your prose posts are magnificent additions to Prose and I do hope you grace us with your presence more.
Now and forever my heart hears ~one voice~.