open invitation no. 50: pause

Give a pause.

Pauses in writing, just as in life, are a beautiful thing. How might you add a pause to your writing? Here are some of my favorite ways.

  • Use ellipsis…or sometimes informally called dot-dot-dot. This word stems from the Greek word, élleipsis, meaning to leave out. First graders often use this convention to build suspense. When first graders learn how the ellipsis gives pause and makes the reader wonder what’s going to happen, they begin using it all…of…the…time…
  • Write a one sentence paragraph. It is no surprise that I love the one sentence paragraph. One reason to use it is to give the reader pause.
  • Leave white space. Did you know this is called interstice? (I didn’t either until Christy Rush-Levine started her blog: interstice.)
  • Add a photo. Using a visual to break up the text will allow a pause in your writing. elsie is the queen of this technique.

*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.

16 thoughts on “open invitation no. 50: pause

    1. Yet another book to buy! This week I picked up The Ministry of Ordinary Places by Shannan Martin. And I chose it because it looked like a book you would read! AND I haven’t even met you — YET!😊

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      1. I absolutely love that book! Shannan Martin is amazing. Can’t wait to hear what you think!!!


  1. wow… I loved the prompt and used all of the things Ruth talked about. Loved the shout out to Christy Rush Levine and Elsie in this prompt. Last week when I read Rose’s post, two words captured a moment in time for me. Relationships form by reading your writing every week. I’m so grateful for all. XO

    sailors’ delight


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