open invitation no. 10: just write

Just write.

Each week there is an open invitation. It is open in the sense that it is for everyone. It is also open in the sense that you can give it a whirl…or not. Your choice.

The magic of this community comes from sharing our stories. Any story…or poem…or letter…or anything else you want to share.

Just write.

Natalie Goldberg claims writing is an athletic activity. She says:

Just like any other sport, it takes practice. Behind the football we see on TV, the players have put in hundreds of hours before the big game. The muscles of writing are not so visible, but they are just as powerful: determination, attention, curiosity, a passionate heart.

Old Friend from Far Away

Just write.

Just write.

Just write.

(And share your link here to spread a little magic.)


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Open your blog and write a post. It doesn’t have to be a heart stretched story…it just needs to be written…and shared.

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Reply to this post, jot a note and paste your URL.

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Pop around and visit some other blogs. Leave a comment about the ideas or the craft…encourage and soak up the magic that will find you.

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Use one of these images so we can find each other…and you can invite others to share their stories with us!

Offer an invitation to others.

I’m joining an open community of writers over at Sharing Our Stories: Magic in a Blog. If you write (or want to write) just for the magic of it, consider this your invitation to join us. #sosmagic

Published by Ruth Ayres

Unhurried. Finding the magic in the middle of living. Capturing a life of ridiculous grace + raw stories.

31 thoughts on “open invitation no. 10: just write

    1. Your post is beautiful. These words struck me … Letting go of what I should do, I feel happy here.

      I’ve been thinking of a post just this morning, with similar vibes to yours. Thanks for the affirmation. 🙂

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    1. I know just how you feel. I think as I age, I see the imperfections, but I embrace them rather than be embarrassed by them. They are like badges of courage, of a living life to the best of my ability. Here’s to YOU!

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    2. I chuckled reading your post. Reminded me of a quote – was it Mark Twain? – that said he/she (whomever it was, lol) was always surprised to look in the mirror and see an old person! Who was it? For they felt so young. Awesome stuff.

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    1. My husband is the list maker. I like to just go off doing. COVID has forced me to make plans with my husband every morning for the last 3 months. Now, I see the benefit. I get a lot more accomplished. I can relax into the day because I know the plan. I don’t have to be the wind-up doll. I can see how this can be so beneficial to our students – mindful planning.

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    2. Love your post, and your blog! I left a comment there. Your blog is such a fantabulous idea – a group of educators blogging together. I tried to follow it but couldn’t find the link … hmmmm. Instead I followed you on twitter! 😀

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    1. Michelle – I love the line: creating special art with their hair. I never thought of playing with hair as art. BUT IT IS! I work in a girls’ school and when I read aloud to them, they used to sit behind each other and play with each other’s hair and listen. I long for those days. I loved seeing the photo of your daughters’ art! Thank you!

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    1. Blue jay! I have such memories of their bold blueness. Once a blue jay was menacing the neighbor’s cat by stealing his food from his dish on the front porch. The cat was terrified! And I learned that blue jays are guardians. They protect the little song birds from the hawk with their loud squawking and dive bombing – brave protectors. They warn everyone in the neighbor that a predator is about.

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    1. Thanks, Ruth for some more memoir reading suggestions. I love memoir. I get to live another person’s life for a little while. I left you a list of my favorites on your website.

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    1. Love this. So true. AND love the quote on your blog – ” Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. …” Dumbledore. Wise man!

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    2. So nice that we can have the I don’t wanna … and I do … together! And that we can muster up the courage and drive to listen to the I do … and just write. 🙂 Thanks

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  1. Just write, Ruth says…. just write. So I did. I wrote what has been on my heart for a long time – my sadness in the practice of level zero in our schools. My sadness/angst of compliance to organize an institution – an institution that should be a place for imagination – for inquiry – for noise – for questinos.

    I do NOT want to hurt feelings. I know how hard teachers work. I just want us to question the practices we have in place.

    https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/untanglinglifedotblog.wordpress.com/179

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