open invitation no. 45: write fast

Sometimes, if you write fast without thinking, the words will break through.

“Every writer I know has trouble writing.”
—Joseph Heller

I’ve been avoiding the post box. My blog writing is the writing I do for me. It’s the writing I do for fun. It’s the writing that is most unexpected. My blog writing is the writing I allow to trail out of my heart and curl into magic.

I’ve worked hard to keep a space in my writing life that can be just for magic. And, by magic, I mean a space that doesn’t have to be perfect…a space that doesn’t have rules.

I’ve noticed there are others in this community who ebb and flow in their writing lives. I miss them when they don’t post. I miss me when I don’t post, too.

So here’s my best advice: sometimes you just have to take a deep breath and write fast. Don’t think, and definitely stop overthinking. Just write. Fast.

I think you’ll find some magic when you let the words break through.

*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.

18 thoughts on “open invitation no. 45: write fast

    1. I love this post, Melissa. I have come across this too with my. students. I think that i’m opening up the conversation and I’m closing it down. I especially loved this insight: “Can you help me understand…” it enlarges the doubt within them because they are already holding onto the assumption that they are wrong.” I am wrestling with students who run up to me with their papers and ask, “Is this good?” I ask them back, “What do you think about your writing. You are the writer.” BUT I think I have to ask the deeper question – Can you help me understand….

      Thank you!

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    1. Just a great moment to spend with your grandchild: “He sees himself in a mirror, says, “Cute Shadow!” I am finding myself fascinated by how his little brain makes connections.” I love the way young children think. This week a 4 year old – said to me, “You made a moon a circle, but it can be a crescent too. I’m going there some day.” She made me stop and think. Who knew crescent was in her vocabulary! Love those wondrous surprises.

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    1. You are a wonder, Julie! How do you do that!? Now another book for me to buy! Our 5th graders are reading the Tempest – and the world around us are cancelling Shakespeare. What a void if that ever truly happened! I didn’t know the February Face quote. I do now! THANK YOU!

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    1. it wasn’t hidden – it was right there:

      tiny white flowers beside a remnant 
      of weekend snow promising that spring is coming..
      I take a deep breath and inhale gladness.

      Thank you for making us all stop, read, wonder, and inhale gladness.

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    1. Yes, Yes, Yes! – I write so fast that the concentration on the writing makes the critic invisible, I forget its existence. – This is just what was saying to my colleagues. We kids to write fast everyday, just jot, let your fingers do the thinking. This exercise will make those critics disappear and skill and fluency will take its place! Thank you for this!

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