open invitation no. 34: definition inspiration

Use a definition as inspiration for your writing. A quick search on Merriam-Webster revealed this definition of thanksgiving… thanksgiving:: celebration of divine goodness I like looking up definitions because they often reveal new truths and ideas to me. Try to use a definition as an inspiration for your writing. Use thanksgiving or select another wordContinue reading “open invitation no. 34: definition inspiration”

open invitation no. 33: gratitude

Make a gratitude list. Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul. —Amy Collette Make a gratitude list. Be creative. Use photographs or doodles. Collect some ephemera. (That’s a fancy word writers use that loosely means stuff you’d throw away if you didn’t haveContinue reading “open invitation no. 33: gratitude”

open invitation no. 32: write off of a photograph

Look at the background. We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us.—Ralph Hattersley Use a photograph to inspire your writing. Bypass the foreground and look to the background. What do you notice? What didn’t you see before? What is unexpected? Allow the background to guide your writing. *Remember, you don’t haveContinue reading “open invitation no. 32: write off of a photograph”

open invitation no. 31: listen

Listen for gratitude. Sound is a huge influence on people’s attention.—Walter Murch Lately (like for my entire life), I have been opening my eyes to discover gratitude. A well-lived life hinges on a grateful outlook. Lately (like in the last few months), I have been having a harder time hearing. I’ve chalked it up toContinue reading “open invitation no. 31: listen”

open invitation no. 30: magic unmasked

Masks hide magic. The idea of a mask in any scenario has always fascinated me. Not only does it protect identity, it also allows one to hide. —Jason Reynolds Today’s invitation to magic is to consider a mask you have encountered. It can be one you’ve worn; it can be figurative; it can be fromContinue reading “open invitation no. 30: magic unmasked”

open invitation no. 29: shed all the shoulds

Be true to you. There is no one in the world like you, and you are just the way you should be. When the year piles up, sometimes it can weigh us down and be heavy on our shoulders. It’s easy to think we should be different than we are. Take time today to shedContinue reading “open invitation no. 29: shed all the shoulds”

open invitation no. 28: what stifles you?

Don’t be stifled. What stifles you? It’s not about what stops you, nor what makes things difficult for you. When I made a little list about what stifles me, I found it was all within me. getting it right not doing things wrong feeling like I’m a silly girl in the middle of a cornfieldContinue reading “open invitation no. 28: what stifles you?”

open invitation no. 27: fall food

Take a bite. What are your favorite fall foods? What were your traditional favorites when you were a kid? Share some with others. Handwrite a recipe or drop a taste on a co-worker’s desk. When we share our favorites, the joy is magnified. Take a bite, and share a story about fall food with us!Continue reading “open invitation no. 27: fall food”

open invitation no. 26: ordinary magic

Open your eyes and find the ordinary magic all around you. Writers don’t have to have magnificent things happening in order to have things to write about; they simply decide to write about ordinary things. When this happens, the ordinary becomes magical. This happens in my back yard, which is as ordinary as they come,Continue reading “open invitation no. 26: ordinary magic”