open invitation no. 11: learn some facts

Learn some facts.

Research is one of my favorite parts of the writing process, and I use it all of the time. I love to find facts or learn how things work or dig out quotes and statistics.

Research is not just for informational writing. It’s great for fiction. It’s an asset to poetry. It shapes memoir.

Did you know that swans only mate once in their lifetimes? When I was writing a fictional novel about a main character grieving the death of her mom, I was able to use this truth about swans. The more I researched about swans, the more robust my fiction writing became.

It’s a discovery process, and it is fun. Try it sometime. Take something you are writing about and do a little research. Learn some facts. Then connect it to your writing.


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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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.

13 thoughts on “open invitation no. 11: learn some facts

    1. I love the reflection you offer in wondering if you give students enough opportunity to plan. I, too, love planning and control. It gives me a sense of security if I know where I am headed and where I have been. Understanding the importance of giving children opportunity to own their own learning is so important, and it also develops amazing life skills. As educators, though, it isn’t always easy. Thank you for being vulnerable with your readers.


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