open invitation no. 80: be lyrical

I’m always looking for instances of people doing things for and with each other for pleasure, for passion, for camaraderie, from kindness. It’s the anthropology of people figuring out how to punctuate life with the lyrical.

[Debra Granik]

I like to make words dance. I’m drawn to the lyrical nature of writing, the fun of making words bend and hearts swoon. I’m constantly on a quest to shake words to form a giggle or a sigh. This is not something that happens by luck. We can be intentional about being lyrical. Try it in your writing.

  • Think about the sound of a sentence. Repeat sounds if possible.
  • Play with the cadence by changing the length of sentences.
  • Reach for a fresh comparison.
  • Include small details that others may never notice because they are in a rush.
  • Select a topic that is about doing something with or for others. This is sure to be lyrical.

Topic selection is a lyrical choice, and I can think of nothing more lyrical than serving others.

*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—There is a Facebook Group for the #sosmagic community. Join here.

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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

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Published by Ruth Ayres

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

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