open invitation no. 51: spring

Be inspired by spring. I think words are fun when they can mean different things. Check out all of the definitions for spring. Move or jump suddenly or rapidly upward or forward. Originate or arise from. The season after winter and before summer, in which vegetation begins to appear, in the northern hemisphere from MarchContinue reading “open invitation no. 51: spring”

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 toContinue reading “open invitation no. 50: pause”

open invitation no. 49: sunset challenge

Capture a sunset. Consider capturing a sunset. It can be a sunset from long ago or one that’s happened this week. Here’s the challenge: Don’t use color words — red, pink, purple, but still allow us to visualize the color of the sunset. Don’t use seasonal words, but give us a sense of the timeContinue reading “open invitation no. 49: sunset challenge”

open invitation no. 48: slice

Capture a Slice of Life. I remember writing slices before it was a thing. Back when there were just two teachers who loved teaching and loved writing and wanted to write alongside one another about teaching writers, even though they were 865 miles apart. A lot has changed since then. The magic of a slice,Continue reading “open invitation no. 48: slice”

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 theContinue reading “open invitation no. 45: write fast”