open invitation no. 44: writing love

Some write in agony, but for me, love is the best motivation I know.

[Happy Valentine’s Day]

What do you love about writing? What makes you want to open a post box? What makes you fill a notebook page? Do you write because of love, or is there another motivation?

For me, writing allows me to love wholly and to love well. Writing allows me to notice the world, and writing gives me pause to appreciate the world.

*Remember, you don’t have to accept this invitation…but I do hope you will accept the invitation to write. Sharing our stories is magical.

PS—I started a Facebook Group for the #sosmagic community. Join here.


Open your blog and write a post. Just write.


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


Comment on other blogs. Soak up the magic that will find you.

grab an image for your blog

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.

21 thoughts on “open invitation no. 44: writing love

    1. Congratulations, Elsie! I’m approaching retirement too and am a little trepidatious about not going to school anymore because I’ve been going to school since I was 4 years old. Happy reading! Happy Retirement!


    1. Mandy – I’ve been in-person in-school since September. IT WILL BE GREAT! Don’t Worry! The kids need connection and they are FABULOUS! Much more resilient it seems than adults! But I learn from them every day!


    1. Terje – love this post – wish I could have been at than writing course in the bookshop with you! Love your line: I have figured out that there need to be no reasons besides that it tugs my heart and I love the magic of writing. EXACTLY!


    1. Inspirational, as always: Nothing else existed except for the words and me. I was writing.

      I think we all feel that way – power and purpose in the words. Thanks, Julie. I always enjoy your posts!

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    I wrote these lines: “Ruth Ayres Doesn’t Write when darkness closes in. I get overwhelmed with sorting out which stories are mine to tell and how to frame the kind-er truth.”

    I’m glad this community has kept writing while I have worked up the courage to return to blog writing because I write for love, and I write because love overcomes darkness, and I write because love is enough.
    xo, ruth


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